Adoption

Adopting a child into your family can be a life-changing experience. Read about adoption in these articles.


Families may wish to adopt in order to provide a home for a needy child, or because they cannot have children of their own (or both). Learn how to find a child available for adoption in this article.

Families are taking on new structures. Learn about statistics on parent relationships with foster or adopted children in this article.

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, the need for adopting children from Haiti increased. Read this article and learn how to adopt a child from Haiti.

You want to get adoption records, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to get adoption records in this article.

Each state has its own laws and requirements for becoming a foster parent. Learn how to find more information to become a foster parent in this article.

It is illegal in most countries to pay a woman to give up her child for adoption. Find out in this article if mothers who give up their children for adoption get paid.

Usually, you'll need a lawyer to navigate the adoption process. Learn how to apply for adoption of a child that you're a legal guardian for from this article.

Many families who wish to adopt look for a child in another country. Find out how international adoption works in this article.

International adoption is only one of the ways to adopt a child. Learn what some of the alternatives to international adoption are in this article.

Although more children are available for adoption internationally than domestically, the adoption process is longer and it costs more. Learn about the pros and cons of international adoption in this article.

Adoptions can be closed (there is no contact between the birth and adoptive families), mediated (with contact through an attorney or agency) or open (where there is direct contact). Find out about the benefits of open child adoption in this article.

A little less than half of all adoptions carried out in the U.S. involve publically funded child welfare organizations. Learn about what percentage of children in child protective services goes to adoption from this article.

The international adoption process involves a lot of paperwork and traveling to your adopted child's country of origin. Learn about the international adoption process from this article.

International adoption is a complex process, and it's important to get detailed and up-to-date information from credible sources. Learn where you can find information on international adoption in this article.

Unless a mistake was made in the adoption procedure, you can't get back your child once someone else adopts him or her. Learn about whether you can ever get your child back after adoption from this article.

Giving up a child for adoption is often a heart-wrenching decision. Learn how you can find a child that you gave up for adoption in this article.

When you adopt a child internationally you have to prepare your family, your adopted child, and yourself as parents. Learn if you have to worry about immunization during international adoption in this article.

When a child is given up for adoption, the process is meant to be irrevocable, although there are some instances when the birth parents may change their minds. Learn about reversal of child adoption in this article.

Donations to charitable organizations are tax-deductible. Learn how to give a tax-deductible donation for an international adoption in this article.

Embarking upon the adoption process can seem big, and it is big. But with some research and soul searching it isn't insurmountable. Learn 5 things you should know before you start.

A healthy adoption is one where the child is placed where he or she will thrive, no matter what the medical considerations may be. How can you minimize health complications?

Adoption can be an amazing and rewarding experience, but getting there requires making some tough decisions, committing to an unknown outcome and drawing on an enormous reserve of patience. Read Catherine's story to find out what's involved.

How much does adoption really cost, and how will you pay for it? Learn all about what goes into financing an adoption.

What do you need to do before bringing home your new adopted baby? Learn the four steps of adoption to make sure you're adequately prepared for a new child.

Every child needs a sense of background and identity, and this can be especially confusing for adopted children. Read about how to help your adopted children establish their racial identity.

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