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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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Nontraditional families are everywhere

“Raising California”

Families are forming in all sorts of ways, in a rainbow of colors, and my son through adoption is growing up right in the middle of all of it.

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Adopting as an older parent worked for Sheila Stainback

“The Second Half of My Life”

I had been a hard-driving reporter and happily single. But now, I was ready for something more.

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Single Mother Adoption

“Why My Daughter Wants Me to Marry”

In Eleni's mind, my future husband would have two daughters, preferably between the ages of six and 14. And perhaps a dog or two, so the pets could keep each other company. (My husband would be my buddy, so we'd all have someone to play with.) We'd live in a big house, with a wraparound porch and flat-screen TVs. And if anything bad happened in the world–like if people started kidnapping lots of children, "Mommy — we'd all be there to protect each other."

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A mother and her two sons on their "adoption anniversary"

“Eli’s First Year Home”

When I adopted an older child, I was prepared to teach him what it means to have a family. Instead, I found myself with a little boy in deep mourning for the loss of his loving foster parents.

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Being a role model as a single parent.

“Being the Best Role Model I Can Be as a Single Parent”

How one mother learns to be the role model her adoptive daughter needs–with her daughter's help, of course.

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The author, finally feeling like a mom

“Unleashing the Mom Within”

A 7-year-old girl helps this author discover her maternal side.

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After intitial resistance to adoption, these two boys found a forever family

“When My Son Decided to Take a Chance on Love”

How a close call gave my new son the courage to take a chance on love.

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What you need to know when building nontraditional families.

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.

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One single mother asks, "How can schools address non-traditional lifestyles?"

Answering the “Daddy Question” at School

One adoptive mother explains how the concept of family in elementary school is outdated, and asks for more respect of different lifestyles.

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