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.
Only children sometimes get a bad rap. But most grow up to be just fine.
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.
I had been a hard-driving reporter and happily single. But now, I was ready for something more.
How you respond to questions about your "single parent" status depends on who's asking...
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."
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.
When my grandmother handed me her precious quilt and said, “I’m counting on you to have a girl,” I knew I wouldn’t let her down.
"I'm thinking about making a will. How do I choose a guardian for my child? What should I consider?"
How one mother learns to be the role model her adoptive daughter needs–with her daughter's help, of course.
A 7-year-old girl helps this author discover her maternal side.
How a close call gave my new son the courage to take a chance on love.
Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.
No matter what their ages, our children need to be reassured about the future.
I was an adoring daughter, ready to be an adoring mom.
One mother says the thank you’s we sometimes forget to say.
Selling my parents' house makes me wonder where to put down roots for our family of two.
My daughter's struggle to make sense of this loss is shadowed by her earliest one.
I just adopted as a single parent. What should I do to protect the rights of myself and my child?
One adoptive mother explains how the concept of family in elementary school is outdated, and asks for more respect of different lifestyles.