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For years, I felt ambivalence about becoming a parent, and worry that I wouldn’t be a “perfect” mother. In an open letter to my daughter, I look back on that moment of calm and utter clarity when we met.

The post “Finding My Inner Mom” appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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"Our adoption profile was shown to an expectant mother, and she selected a different family. We knew this was a possibility, of course, but feel disappointed. How to cope?" Readers offer advice.

The post Ask AF: How to Cope with the Disappointment of Not Being Chosen by an Expectant Mother appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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"Would knowing that somewhere, out in the world, she has a biological sister—but one she can’t get in touch with or live with as a sibling—help our child, or be harmful?"

The post Ask AF: Should We Tell Our Child She Has a Birth Sibling if They Can’t Be in Touch? appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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Parents share the moment they knew in their hearts that their path to parenthood would involve adoption, whether they always knew or it came after years of trying to conceive.

The post Parents Share: “When I Knew I Was Going to Adopt” appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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Belated diagnoses of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) changed the way this mom parented her children, and the way she savored their successes. Join with her as she recounts some of their small victories and hard-won life lessons from their 20-year journey.

The post “I Needed a Different Parenting Handbook…” – Parenting Children with FASD appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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Fifteen years into parenting in a transracial family, I thought I had heard it all—with appropriate comebacks at the ready—until an interaction with a racist (former) boss left me simply dumbfounded.

The post “I Can Still Be Shocked” – Encountering Ignorance About Adoption and Race appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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Readers share feedback about articles published in the April 2019 issue of Adoptive Families magazine.

The post Letters to the Editor, RE: April 2019 appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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For years, my daughters’ birth mother dropped in and out of our lives as she battled a drug addiction. Now she is back in our lives, back in her own life, and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring for all of us.

The post “A New Path in Our Adoption Journey” appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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We all imagine different ways our lives could have played out. For adoptees, these fantasies may seem particularly compelling: ‘What would my life have been like if I had not been adopted?’

The post “Sliding Doors” appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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"We are preparing for our first overnight visit with sisters we hope to adopt from foster care, and are nervous. What are we supposed to do for 24 hours with two children who are essentially strangers?"

The post Ask AF: What to Do the First Time a Foster Child Comes to Stay with Us? appeared first on Adoptive Families.

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