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Elizabeth Curry with some of her children featured in May M. Tchao's documentary Hayden and Her Family.

“It Takes No Special Power to Love a Child”

“It Takes No Special Power to Love a Child”

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.

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“Breathing”

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.

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Special needs adoption can help children find loving homes

Is Special Needs Adoption Right for Your Family?

Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.

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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

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.

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Jillian Lauren with her son, Tariku.

[BOOK EXCERPT] Everything You Ever Wanted

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.

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A nature scene in China, representing the mixed emotions of declining a referral in adoption

“Lost Daughter”

When we got our referral, we accepted it with joy. Soon after, however, we realized something wasn't right.

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An adoptee and her family, wondering if she should play the adoption card in a college essay

“Should I Play the ‘Adoption Card’?”

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.

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Should I Adopt a Child with “Special Needs”?

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."

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How one family decided to adopt older siblings from foster care

“Deciding to Adopt Older Siblings from Foster Care”

At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.

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Mother, father, and daughter with thalassemia

“Our First Choice”

I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.

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Two children brought together through adoption plans

“What Plans?”

Adoption can be an unpredictable journey. We never realized just how unpredictable.

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Anastasia, after her surgery to repair her facial burns, with her mother

“I Am Not My Face”

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.

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The story of adopting a deaf child

“Finding Her Voice After Eight Years Without a First Language”

Since adopting a deaf older child from China, it's been my privilege to become her interpreter, her voice, her audience, and her mom.

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Our son through special needs adoption became his sister's guiding light.

“Becoming His Sister’s Guiding Light”

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.

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