As she anticipates the release of her documentary Hayden & Her Family, the filmmaker reconnects with the mother of 12 she profiled to discuss special needs adoption, parenting outside “normal” boundaries, and how loving a child changes you.
As I prepared to adopt my second child, I welcomed the home study worker into a perfectly clean and ordered home. The scene that greeted her at her post-placement visit was, well, different—but much more real.
She went abroad intending to be an orphanage volunteer—and came back a mother.
China’s central adoption authority, CCCWA, has announced a new program to advocate for waiting children on the country’s former “Shared List.”
"A lot of people didn't believe," Ms. Horton said. "But I believe in my child. And his therapist believed."
Are all children from foster care considered “special needs,” and, therefore, eligible for the full adoption tax credit?
Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.
I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.
Answers to your parenting questions.
In this excerpt from her candid, hilarious, inspiring adoption memoir, Jillian Lauren explains how she and her husband addressed their son's trauma and special needs and turned things around for him at home and at school. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author.
When we got our referral, we accepted it with joy. Soon after, however, we realized something wasn't right.
Some adoptions don’t end well. Were we wrong to be afraid?
I began to have second thoughts about sharing my story in application essays — just as it’s no one else’s business, it shouldn’t factor into a college’s decision to accept me.
Peg Studaker, supervisor of the Waiting International Child Program at Children’s Home Society and Family Services, in Minnesota, says: "Parenting children with special needs should be a family's first choice. Adopting a special-needs child should never be a second choice because the family could not get the child they really wanted to parent."
At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.
I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.
Adoption can be an unpredictable journey. We never realized just how unpredictable.
We'd been prepared to help our new daughter deal with stares and questions about her disfigurement. Instead, she taught us a powerful lesson in courage.
Since adopting a deaf older child from China, it's been my privilege to become her interpreter, her voice, her audience, and her mom.
One year after adopting an infant girl, we adopted a "special needs" child with a cleft lip and palate. Ever since his sister was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's become her guiding light.