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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“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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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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Cover of The Year She Left Us

[Book Review] The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma's ambitious debut novel about a Chinese girl adopted by a Chinese-American family tackles race, identity, and "luck."

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A family formed by adoption for same sex couples

Adoption Basics for Single Parents or Same Sex Couples

When non-traditional families are making the decision to adopt, the first questions they often have are, "How will my identity impact my adoption?"

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Tasia and Frank, her role model of the same race

“My Daughter’s Loving, Supportive Role Model”

I don't always know how our racial differences affect my daughter. But I know that having a role model of the same race has been a blessing for her — and for me.

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Balloons representing the author's memories with her adopted daughter

“My Clutter, Myself”

Visitors to our apartment might see a mess, but I see the stories that bound me irretrievably to my daughter. Most of the time.

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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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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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