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Adoption

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

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Why Adults Adopt Each Other

Although we associate adoption mainly with children, there are many good reasons why one adult may adopt another. There are also some fraudulent ones too.

How do you find a child given up for adoption?

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.

What are some statistics on parent relationships with foster or adopted children?

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

How to Adopt a Child From Haiti

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.

How to Get Adoption Records

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.

Do mothers who give up their children for adoption get paid?

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.

How can you apply for adoption of a child that you are a legal guardian for?

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.

How does international child adoption work?

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

What are some alternatives to international adoption?

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.

What are some of the pros and cons of international adoption?

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.

What are the benefits of open child adoption?

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.

What percentage of children in child protective services goes to adoption?

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.

Can you ever get your child back after adoption?

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.

How can you find your child that you gave up for adoption?

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.

How do you reverse a child adoption?

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.

5 Things You Should Know About the Adoption Process

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.

How Adoption Works

Thousands of children are adopted by Americans every year. Learn how adoption works, including the types of adoption, how to find an adoption agency and about post-adoption services.

Healthy Adoption

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?

Adopting Abroad: Catherine's Story

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.

The Four Steps of 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.

Adoption and Racial Identity

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.

The Adoption Option: How It Works and What to Expect

Chances are you know someone who is adopted or who has adopted a child. In fact, about 58 percent of Americans have a personal connection to adoption. But what is involved in adopting a child?

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