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Cross-cultural adoption creates loving families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“Are Your Sons Related?”

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?

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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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A cartoon of a perfect family

“Redefining Perfect”

After giving birth to a boy and a girl, I had what other people defined as a "million dollar family." Adoption only enhanced our lives, not make it less perfect.

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Deciding Where to Adopt From

“Choosing Which Country to Adopt From (Twice)”

Growing up in a mostly white, Midwestern town in the late 1970s and early 80s, watching reruns of The Donna Reed Show and Leave It to Beaver, I figured I would finish school, find a girl to marry, buy a little house with a white picket fence, and have a couple of kids who looked like me. This was the middle-class American dream, and at the time it never occurred to me that life would turn out any other way.

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Birth siblings enjoying each other's company

Bringing Up Birth Siblings

Our daughter has birth siblings she doesn't know about, but we don't know how to tell her.

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An old photo of a family after their Cambodian adoption

“A Boy Like Him”

From the moment we met 27 years ago, our son knew exactly what he wanted: a family. He staked his claim on our hearts as only he could.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Adopting Out of Birth Order

Conventional wisdom says not to adopt a child out of birth order. Yet there are many reasons why this choice may be right for you — and many ways to make it work.

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Are we treating our adopted child differently?

“The Same, But Different”

When an adopted child gets most of your attention, it doesn't mean you love your other child less.

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A picture of foster child Darrell

“An Imperfect Family” – Remembering My Brother Through Foster Adoption

My family couldn't give Darrell the storybook life we'd all have liked. But with us, he learned to embrace the joy in life.

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Three brothers have a relationship with one's birth mother.

“Knowing Their Brother’s Birth Mother”

We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.

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