Read a chapter of Jessica O'Dwyer's adoption memoir Mamalita.
We asked our readers to share their stories about getting the adoption call. Where were you? How did you react? Read how they received the joyful news!
The wait seemed endless. To fill the days — and focus my hopes — I painted, sanded, stenciled, and gradually gave shape to our baby’s place in our home.
As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.
I learned that the ultimate gift of love comes not from the receiver, but from the giver.
Why should I try to make my son feel 'the same'? Why shouldn’t I learn to be more like him?
Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.
Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one adoptee describes his journey back to his birth country of Colombia.
Learning to love my "barnacle" baby wasn't easy.
We had our fair share of disagreements over adopting for the first time. Now that we're moving forward to a second adoption, not much has changed.
For many adoptive moms, post-baby depression is a real and painful ordeal. Shelley Page reports why it happens and how to feel better.
Why should we miss out on the breath-holding, tiny-onesie-admiring, pink-and-blue joy of anticipating parenthood?
A Korean adoptee shares her experience growing up in a conspicuous family.
A child adopted from Guatemala shares her thoughts on adoption and family.
On the long journey to adoption, a journal can record the milestones and detours, as well as your first rush of love for your child.
Janis Cooke Newman asks herself, "Am I overdoing this adoption thing?"
Our preteen biological daughter felt some jealousy of the baby we adopted internationally, but, for the most part, we've all settled into our new roles.
My new child opened up my apartment — and my world — to a new group of friends.
A mother is surprised at her tears when, standing in a courtroom, that last bit of red tape comes unstuck.
As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she's fallen in love with.