Adoption/Foster Care Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Parenting Advice for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Talking to Your Foster or Adoptive Child - Interracial Families
Tips and advice for adoptive and foster parents including talking with your child about adoption, childhood grief and loss issues, and other unique situations that occur within adoptive and foster families.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
A listing of foster care and adoption themed books that are geared toward the young adult audience. Great for summer reading.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Many children who have survived or are currently living in a foster care or adoption situation may enjoy reading about other youth who are dealing with the same issues.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Foster care or adoption themed books may be the answer to summer reading.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Excellent books about adoption and foster care experiences.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Listing of different books with an adoption or foster care theme. Summer reading ideas for young adults.

What Is PRIDE Foster Parent Adoptive Parent Training Class?
Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.

Adoption - About.com Main Resource Page
Adoption and foster care information including; international adoption, domestic adoption and foster / adoptive parenting. Insight into the process and resources.

Information for the Adoptee
Information and articles related to needs of an adoptee.

Choosing to Adopt a Child
Information on how to decide if adopting a child is right for your family.

Adoption Celebrations - Adoption Inspiration - Adoption Stories - Photo Galleries - Adoption Humor - Adoption Poetry
Pages to warm your heart and spirit - photo galleries, personal stories, poetry, welcoming and other adoption ceremonies.

Foster Care Basics
Find information on the foster care system, basics to becoming a foster parent, and foster parenting tips.

Information for Gay and Lesbian Adoptions
Gay and lesbian adoptions are becoming more popular. Find information on gay adoption myths, gay statistics, and more.

The Top 20 Countries Being Adopted From in 2011
Learn about how many adoption were completed and where during 2011.

Gay and Lesbian Adoption Myths and FAQ's
Gay adoption myths and information. Gay adoption FAQ's, statistics, and parenting for gay families.

Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
child abuse and neglect, child abuse, neglect, reporting child abuse, information about child abuse, dealing with child abuse

Completing Your Family through a Foster Care Adoption
Steps and articles regarding the process of adopting from the foster care system. What do you know about completing a foster care adoption?

Writing Documentation and Keeping Foster Care Records
Tips on writing effective documentation for your foster care records.

School and Your Foster Child
Advice on how to help your foster child succeed in school. Tips on working with the teacher.

Birth/First Mothers Support Resources
Needed support and information for birth mothers who have placed their babies or children for adoption.

Deciding if adoption is the plan for your baby - adoption option
Resources to help aid you in the biggest decision of your life - whether to parent your child or place for adoption. Here you will find that there may be help in your community that will enable you to parent.

Surrogate Mother-adopting from surrogate mother
Links to pages with information on what is involved medically, emotionally, legally, and financially when using a surrogate to add to your family.

Working with the Court System
Information and tips on how to best partner with the court system as a foster parent.

Choosing an Adoption Agency for Adopting a Child
Information on going about adopting a child through an adoption agency.

How to Become a Foster Parent
Steps needed to become a licensed foster parent. Learn how to become a foster parent in your state.

What To Expect in The Process
These are essentials you need to know when adopting both Internationally and domestically.

When Adoptions Fail
It's rarely discussed, but failed adoptions happen. Here are a few things you should know.

Top 55 Children's Books on Adoption & Foster Care (pt3)
This is the final installment in the 3 part series designed to help you discover the best children's books about adoption and foster care.

The Pros and Cons of an Open Adoption
While it can be a tricky arrangement, an open adoption is often in the child's best interest. Here are a few pros and cons to choosing an open adoption.

How Many Children Have Gay Parents in the US?
How many children are being raised by gay parents? Read up on interesting gay parenting statistics in the United States.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 13.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 11.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 6.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 4.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 15.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 10.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 8.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 3.

Guatemalan Orphanage - Guatemalan Adoption - Guatemalan Mission - Guatemalan Adoption
Mom's on a Mission visit Guatemalan orphanage to do mission work. Page 14.

Adoption Gifts from Adoption Store ManyHeartsOneBeat Has Much to Offer Adoptive Families
A great online Website devoted to those within the adoption triad, gifts for adoptive parents, adoptees, and birth parents can be found.

Nine Adoption Gifts for the Holidays
What would make a great adoption gift for someone who is an adoptive or foster parent? How about a birth parent? Try some of these ideas when needing the perfect adoption gift! Great ideas for adoption gifts for National Adoption Month, Mother's Day or Father's Day!

Adoption Jewelry Gifts
Top adoption jewelry can be found on-line for quick adoption gifts. These items make wonderful adoption gifts for the holidays or National Adoption Month, or for your family's special adoption day.

Unwed Fathers: How to Prevent Your Child's Adoption
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process.

How to Prevent Your Child's Adoption
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their own child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process. Page 2.

Unwed Fathers - Putative Father Registries
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their own child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process. Page 3.

Unwed Fathers - Don't have your child adopted without consent
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their own child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process. Page 5.

Unwed Fathers and preventing adoption: Other issues
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their own child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process. Page 4.

Announcing the Arrival or Finalization of an Adoption with Adoption Announcements
If you don't have time to make your adoption announcements yourself, take what little time you have and check out the following websites. There are plenty of different designs offered, from photo adoption announcements to printed cards.

The Requirements for Adoption
Understanding the requirements of an adoption will make things run a bit more smoothly when it comes time to officially start the adoption process.

Adoptive and Foster Parenting - Tips and Advice for Parenting the Adopted and Fostered Child
Find information that impact the average foster and adoptive family with articles on birth family connections, behavior, and other foster and adoptive parenting issues.

What Questions Are Commonly Asked About Adoption
What questions will you have? What questions will others have?

Adopting Older Children
There are some consideration to be made when considering the adoption of older children.

Adoption in the News & Media - Adoption Book Reviews and Adoption Movies & T.V. Review
Adoption and foster care news is usually a hot topic. Find adoption news or locate an adoption children's book review or adoption themed movie or T.V. review.

Adoption & Foster Care News
News articles from around the world dealing with adoption and foster care.

Adoption Blogs - Foster Care Blogs
Find support and encouragement by reading adoption blogs and foster care blogs.

Adoption on-line communites - adoptive parent - adoptee - birth family - international
There are many different on-line communites geared for each side of the triad or even for different countries that one can adopt from.

Surviving the Adoption Wait
Here are some practical tips on surviving the adoption process waiting period!

Post Adoption Resources for Foster to Adopt Families
Here are some great resources for post adoption services for families who have adopted from foster care.

Raising Transracially Adopted Children
Let's take a look at raising transracially adopted kids, specifically black children in white homes.

Information for Expectant or Placing Mother or Placing Father
Information and resources for expectant or unwed mothers and fathers considering creating an adoption plan or placing their child for adoption.

Resources For Special Needs Adoptions
Special Needs Adoption can be an incredible rewarding journey. Here are some resources to help you on that journey.

Questions About Failed Adoptions and Rehoming
Let's take time to review some frequently asked questions about failed adoptions.

Five Reasons You Should Adopt a Child
While everyone may have their own motivation to explore adoption, the core of the desire for a family to adopt should be based on something deeper.

What Is The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act?
Information and goals of The Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980, which brought about major changes to help children & families remain strong and intact.

Deciding if Fostering a Child Is for You
Points to ponder while deciding on whether or not to be a foster parent. Information about fostering a child.

How to Complete an Adult Adoption
Is it legal to adopt an adult? Who would choose such an option? How about foreign adults seeking to be adopted into the United States?

10 Things You Can Do Now to Be Ready to Do Foster Care
Are you looking to foster parent in the future? Prepare now with these ten easy steps of ways to prepare to work with children in need.

Ways to Help Children in Foster Care
If you are unable to do foster care at this time, what other ways can you help foster children? We have several ideas for you that will help foster children.

What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster Parent?
Factors that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.

What Is a Foster Care Subsidy?
What is foster care reimbursement? How should a foster care subsidy be utilized within the foster home?

Book Review of A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
David Pelzer endured child abuse from his mother and recorded the happenings in the pages of

Adoption Poems Written By and For Adoptive Parents
Adoption poems sent in by our readers. Some have been written by adoptive parents, adoptees, or by birth family.

Skills You Need to Master Before Being a Foster Parent
Basic foster care skills needed to become a foster parent that does great work with children. Information on being a foster parent, the needs of foster children, and state profiles on agencies.

The Top Reasons Children Enter the Foster Care System
Sadly, many homes have more than one of the following issues and a child enters the foster care system for numerous reasons.

Broken Adoptions
Broken and failing adoptions have been far more common in recent years. Emily Matchar gives a closer look at the why and how.

The Difference Between Public and Private Agencies
As you decide on your adoption agency, understanding the difference between public and private agencies will help you make an informed decision.

Adoption Law and Adoption Court Cases - Find More Information on Adoption Law
Legal information, the court and adoption process, legal terms used in adoption law, and legislation. Find adoption court cases that brought about the current and ever changing adoption community.

Adoption and Money - Affording the Cost of Adoption
Learn more about adoption and money as there are many fees associated with the adoption of a child.

Preparing to Parent A Special Needs Adopted Child
Many adoptive parents make a choice to adopt a special needs child. Parenting is rarely easy, but parenting a child with special needs can require an extra set of skills.

Information for Birth or First Family
Information and articles relating to the first or natural family of an adoptee. Links to support groups, search sites, information, and resources.

Laws About Adoption Records
Here are some powerful resources for obtaining your adoption records in a search for your biological family.

How Adoptive Parents Cover The Costs For Birth Mothers
In the majority of states, adoptive parents can pay for “customary and reasonable” adoption related expenses. Here are the basics you need to know.

Basics of Post Placement Contracts in Open Adoptions
Whether you are a birthparent or adoptive parent, navigating an adoption, the topic of post placement contracts will eventually arise if you are pursuing an open adoption.

Adopting As A Single Man
Adopting is a daunting task, especially making the decision as a single dad. Here are 5 steps in considering an adoption as a single man

Foster Parenting Support Resources
Support and resources for foster parents. Some guidance offered by other experienced foster parents.

Foster Care Kids-support for kids in foster care
Places of support and information for kids in foster care.

Foster Family Support Resources
Find support and community for foster families.

Birth Parents - Working with Birth Parents
Part of being a foster parent is working with birth parents. Your foster care agency may call it mentoring birth parents. Whatever it's called, it's often very intimidating for most foster parents.

Social Workers - Working with Social Workers
Another aspect of foster care is working with social workers or case managers. This can be another difficult piece of the foster care system, especially when many social workers don't consider foster parents 'professionals'. Find tips and advice on how to improve your partnership efforts with social workers.

Preparing for Placement - Preparing for the Placement of a Foster or Adoptive Child
Information needed in order to effectively prepare for placement of a foster or adoptive child. Quick tips, FAQ's and helpful advice from veteran foster and adoptive parents. Find what you need to get started preparing for a placement.

How Foster Care Impacts Your Life
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, you may be curious as to how fostering will impact your daily life.

Adoption in Same Sex Couples
Children thrive in same-sex families, studies have shown. Here is some great information for you to consider as a potential same-sex adoptive couple.

The Basics to Gay Adoption
Gay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.

Understadning Agency Roles in Foster Care
It can be very confusing when first working with a foster care agency, especially for new foster parents. Here is a quick overview to help you.

Relationships with Past Foster Parents
Foster care is not meant to last forever. A foster child will eventually reunify with the birth family. How can a relationships remain?

When Foster Families Meet Birth Families
If you have chosen to Foster a child, it is likely you will have interaction with the Birth Family. Here are some tips for making that experience the best it can be.

What Will I Experience at Adoption and Foster Care Classes?
All states will require training for prospective foster and adoptive families and singles. So, what will you experience? Here's a sneak peek.

Powerful Adoption & Foster Care Resources
As an adoptive or foster care parent you will always have a need to learn a grow. Here are a few resources that will help you along the way.

Struggles Bonding With Children
Many Adoptive Families and Foster Care Families have trouble bonding with their children. This is a conversation we cannot ignore. Let's talk!

DMC My Adoption Journey - Interview with DMC - Darryl McDaniels - Adoption Reunion - Adoption Search
DMC shares with me thoughts on adoption reunion, adoption search and the need for open adoption records.

Adoption Law - Adoption Court Cases - Landmark Court Cases - Adoption Law
Important court cases that have influenced adoption law and foster care. Read up on these cases to learn more about adoption law.

Adoption Laws by State
Find information and links to the various adoption laws by State for the adoption of children.

Adoption Search and Adoption Reunion Information
Learn how to do an adoption search and how to work with adoption search volunteers like Adoption Search Angels.

What Are Considered Qualified Adoption Expenses?
Explanation for the term qualified adoption expenses in terms of the adoption tax credit.

Foster Care Awareness Month - Foster Children - Foster Parenting
How to celebrate the month of May and Foster Care Awareness Month. National Foster Care Awareness Month celebrates foster families and the need for more foster families.

What Are the Chinese Adoption Requirements
A quick walk through about the Chinese adoption requirements, which are laid out as well as information on the needed adoption paperwork.

Select an Accredited Adoption Service Provider to Adopt from China
China is a party of the Hague Convention, so an Accredited Adoption Service Provider is necessary to adopt from China.

Complete Form I-800A to Determine if Eligible for Adopting from China
One of the first steps towards adopting from China is completing Form I-800A.

Adoption Referral and Filing Form I-800 for the Chinese Child to Be Found Eligible for Adoption
Match with a Chinese child that is waiting for adoption and continue with the adoption paperwork.

Chinese Children that Are Waiting for Adoptive Homes
Who are the waiting children of China? There are thousands of Chinese children waiting for adoptive homes and families and many have special needs.

Finalizing the Adoption in China
Learn some of the steps that will be required along the way before completing the adoption in China.

Bringing Your Newly Adopted Child Home After Completing a Chinese Adoption
Learn some of the final steps of the adoption process including applying for a new birth certificate while in China. It's also important to understand the visa process.

A New Family After Adopting a Child from China
The final step in adopting a child from China is the celebrating that you're a new family!

5 Myths About Adoption from Foster Care Debunked
Fewer people Adopt from Foster Care than you may realize. We debunk 5 myths that often keep people from considering adoption through foster care.

Foster Care and Americans
The Foster Care system is something few people think much about these days. But it will have an affect on your life and you can help!

Understanding Grief and Loss in Children
Children in adoption or foster care, experience the grief and loss of their birth families and much more. Learn more about the grief and loss of foster or adopted children.

Quick and Effective Bonding Activities for Adopted Children
Fast and easy bonding activities to help build a connection between you and your foster or adopted child. Here are 10 five minute bonding activities to try at home.

Adoption / Foster Care Movies & TV
Find various reviews on movies and television shows with a foster care or adoption theme.

Adoption and Foster Care Magazines
Locate information on various magazines, newsletters, and e-zines that deal with adoption and foster care.

Adoption Book Reviews - Books - Magazines - Videos - Trainings
Reviews on books, magazines, videos, or any other adoption/foster care materials or resources.

Adoption Reunions
Find information on reunions including how to prepare for an adoption reunion.

How to Complete an Adoption Search
Find the basics of adoption search, adoption search registries, and how volunteer adoption search angels can help bring you closer to an adoption reunion.

Statistics for Adoption - Track Adoption Trends through Statistics for Adoption & Foster Care
Track adoption trends through statistics for adoption. Find foster care statistics as well as statistics for adoption, including international adoption and domestic adoption.

Declining International Adoptions
Contrary to popular belief, international adoptions are in decline. There has never been a better time to adopt. The key is being well-informed.

How to do an adoption search - starting - resources - registries - search angels
Beginnings - learning how to go about starting a search.

Adoption Search Angels
Information and profiles of volunteers called adoption search angels who are willing to help with an adoption search.

Child Behavior - Foster and Adoptive Parenting and Working with Child Behavior
Most foster children and many adopted children have various levels of child behavior, from mild acting out to severely emotionally disturbed. Find articles and tips regarding child behavior issues and how to parent through them.

United States Adoption Search Angels
Locate an adoption search angel that works within the United States.

Surviving the Holidays with Foster and Adopted Children - Christmas with Foster and Adopted Children
Parenting information to help foster and adoptive parents endure the holiday season, be it Halloween, Christmas, or the Fourth of July.

Two Communication Skills for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Further explanation of two different communication skills that foster or adoptive parents may utilize within their homes.

What Is an Adoption Home Study?
What is an adoption home study? Why is it needed? What does an adoption home study include? Can I be better prepared for it?

The Challenges of Single Parent Adoption
More single woman are turning toward adoption as an option to bring children into their lives. Negative social stigma is just one of the challenges for those who choose single parent adoption.

Is Adopting a Child Right for You and Your Family
When deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues before you answer the big one, is adoption right for you and your family?

10 Reasons Not to Adopt a Child - Before You Go Forward
Thoughts on when a motivation to adopt a child may not be in the child or family's best interest.

Reasons Families Choose to Adopt
How to take the motivation to adopt and make a decision for you and your family.

Creating a Lifebook for Your Foster or Adopted Child
How to create a lifebook for your child.

Child Discipline Tips for Foster or Adopted Children
Learn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.

What Can I Expect at Foster and Adoptive Parent Classes?
Attending a class that deals with fostering and adopting can seem scary, but here are some things to expect to help with your preparation.

Maintaining a Relationship Between Past Foster Parents and Foster Children
Ideas to help keep connections between former foster parents between foster youth who have moved home, or in with adoptive parents.

What to Expect During a First Meeting with a Matched Child
Learn what to expect when going to a first visit with a child you hope to adopt.

Foster Parents Can Impact the Life of a Foster Child
Learn how foster parents can trigger positive and negative feelings in foster children.

Maintaining and Growing Connections Between Birth Parents and Foster Children
Learn tips and advice on how to maintain connections and grow attachment between a birth parent and their children in-between visits.

Marriage and Adoption - When You Disagree on Adopting or Providing Foster Care
Tips on resolving issues between couples when one wants to foster and adopt and the other does not.

What to Do When You Think Your Foster or Adopted Child Is a Bully
Tips for foster or adoptive parents who feel their children may be bullies.

Impact of Adopting Foster Kids on Your Home and Children
When deciding on whether or not to become a foster parent, it's important to consider the impact foster children will have on your home and children.

How Will Fostering a Child Impact My Daily Life?
You may be very excited to become a foster parent, but remember there will be changes to your daily life once you begin fostering a child.

7 Russian Easter Traditions to Share with Your Children
Find ideas on how to help your Russian adopted child maintain their identity through keeping Russian Easter traditions.

How to Know When an Adoption Match Is Right for Your Family
Once you meet a child that has been matched to your family, it's time to decide whether or not this is the right adoption match for your family. Here are a few ways to cut through the doubts and see that the child is right for you.

Thoughtful Family Gift Ideas for Busy Foster Parents
Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.

Russian Christmas and Russian New Year Traditions to Share with Your Children
Seven ways to help your children celebrate Russian Christmas and Russian New Year through fun traditions.

How to Write a Court Report
Foster parents often have important information that needs to be shared with the court system. Writing a court report may be scary, but an important task as a foster parent.

Understanding Each Role Within a Foster Care Agency
A brief description of each main role within a foster care agency and how foster parent scan best work with each staff member.

How to Know When a Child Is Not a Good Adoption Match
Points when considering if a child is the right child for your family. Tips on how to tell if an adoption match is not the right fit.

What to Do if You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused
Learn how to determine if you need to report an incidence of child physical or sexual abuse and what information is needed to report child abuse.

How to Better Understand the Profiles of Waiting Children
Learn more about the different needs of children waiting for an adoptive home. Are these needs you can help meet for a child?

Utilizing Earning Privileges and the Loss of Privileges as a Discipline Technique
Ideas on how to best use earning and losing privileges to help children motivate to change behaviors.

Tips to Prepare Foster or Adopted Children for Sleepovers
Sleepovers are a normal part of the growing-up experience and part of being a foster parent is helping foster children recapture some of these normal experiences. Here are a few ideas to help you and your child manage sleepovers and feel like they are a part of the group.

What Is Family Visitation Within the Foster Care System?
Understanding the process of family visitation and how it works within the foster care system.

What Is Corporal Punishment?
Learn more about corporal punishment.

Controversial Birthmother's Day
A group of birth mothers created a holiday in 1990, known as Birthmother's Day. It occurs the Saturday before Mother's Day.

Landmark Cases in Adoption Law
Eleven different court cases that have changed adoption law over the years. The following are the most persuasive adoption law cases that have affected courts across the nation.

Prepare Your Child for a Foster or Adopted Sibling
How to prepare your children for foster care as well as welcome new foster and adopted children into your family.

How to Parent With the 5 Love Languages
Utilizing the 5 love languages developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, may be a wonderful way to build attachment and bonding within your newly adoptive or foster family. Learn some parenting ideas that fulfill the 5 love languages.

Safety Plan in a Foster or Adoptive Home
What is a safety plan and why are they used within foster homes?

A Sad Adoption Reunion Story
Adoption reunions are not always a happy time. Sometimes birth family doesn't want to meet the adoptee. Sometimes an adoptee has no where else to turn.

What Does the Term 'Aging Out' Mean?
Learn more about the often used term,

Parenting Teenagers May Be Right for Your Foster or Adoptive Family
Several fun reasons why parenting teenagers may be the right choice for your family.

How to Write Effective Documentation as a Foster or Adoptive Parent
It's important to know how to properly write effective documentation as a foster or adoptive parent. Learn more about what makes effective documentation and what to leave out of your reports.

What Is an Adoption Agency
There are different types of adoption agencies, but all have to be licensed to operate.

Bringing Your Child Home After Adopting in Ethiopia
Information on the steps needed to take and the paperwork needed to finish before being able to bring your child home after adopting in Ethiopia.

Post Ethiopia Adoption Reports and Support
Ethiopia requires adoptive parents to submit post adoption reports.

The Ethiopian Court Adoption Process
Information on how the Ethiopian adoption court process works.

Apply to Be Found Eligible to Adopt from Ethiopia
Information on the adoption requirements in order to adopt from Ethiopia.

Being Matched with an Ethiopian Child
Information on how an Ethiopian child is determined to be eligible for adoption under Ethiopian Government.

The Adoption Service Provider and Working with the Ministry of Women's Affairs
Information on selecting an adoption service provider and learning the role of the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

Foster Care and Adoption - What Are the Differences?
Understanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster care.

Ethiopia Adoption Requirements
Learn more about the information needed in order to complete an Ethiopian adoption.

Complete the Adoption Process in Haiti
Learn the steps needed to complete the adoption process in Haiti.

Starting Your Family After Completing a Haiti Adoption
Starting your family after completing a Haiti adoption. Congratulations on your new family.

Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption from Haiti
In order to complete the adoption from Haiti, the child must meet requirements as an orphan by U.S. immigration law.

Bringing Your Child Home After a Haiti Adoption
There seems to be a number of steps needing to be completed with a Haiti adoption. Learn the steps necessary to bring your child home.

Apply to Be Found Eligible to Adopt from Haiti
Prospective adoptive parents must be found eligible in order to adopt from Haiti.

Be Matched with a Haitian Child
A Haitian child must meet certain requirements before that child can be matched for an adoptive placements.

Select an Adoption Service Provider to Help Adopt a Child from Haiti
Be sure to choose your adoption service provider carefully as they are the ones that will be helping you adopt a child from Haiti.

What to Do When Allegations Have Been Made Against You or Your Family
A few tips on surviving allegations as a foster or adoptive family.

General Requirements for Haiti Adoptions
The basic requirements as stated by Haitian law when considering Haiti adoptions.

Ideas for Working with a Foster Care Case Worker
Ideas from past experiences as myself and my foster parent friends have tried to build working partnerships with our case workers. Ideas for case workers and foster parents to build working relationships.

Defining Special Needs and Eligibility for the Adoption Tax Credit
How to determine if the adoption of your child qualifies as special needs for the adoption tax credit in 2010 and 2011.

What Is the Adoption and Safe Families Act?
Information and goals of The Adoption and Safe Families Act(ASFA). PL 105-89, strengthened and enhanced the goals of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980.

Adoptive Parents – A Definition of the Term Adoptive Parent
A definition of the term adoptive parent.

What Is the Foster Care System
What is the foster care system and what does it mean when a child enters the system?

Rebuttal: Safe Haven Laws Seriously Flawed - Safe Haven Laws - Roe vs. Wade - Adoption Law
Are the safe haven laws fair to the rights of the fathers? Erik L. Smith shares his views on safe haven laws and their impact on putative father registries.

Rebuttal: Safe Haven Laws Seriously Flawed - Safe Haven Laws - Roe vs. Wade - Adoption Law
Are the safe haven laws fair to the rights of the fathers? Erik L. Smith shares his views on safe haven laws and their impact on putative father registries. Page 2.

Rebuttal: Safe Haven Laws Seriously Flawed - Safe Haven Laws - Roe vs. Wade - Adoption Law
Are the safe haven laws fair to the rights of the fathers? Erik L. Smith shares his views on safe haven laws and their impact on putative father registries. Page 3.

Rebuttal: Safe Haven Laws Seriously Flawed - Safe Haven Laws - Roe vs. Wade - Adoption Law
Are the safe haven laws fair to the rights of the fathers? Erik L. Smith shares his views on safe haven laws and their impact on putative father registries. Page 4.

Foster Parents Plan for the First Day of a New Placement
Many experienced foster parents plan ahead for that first day with a child.

Creating a Healthy Adoption in the Older Child Adoption
The older child adoption brings it's own challenges. Find different ideas on what these unique opportunities may look like and how to handle them at home.

Did You Know that November Is National Adoption Month
Everything you wanted to know about November's month long celebration that is National Adoption Month. Find day by day activities in our calendar, the history of the Month as well as the current Presidential Proclamation.

Child Adoption - When Making the Decision to Adopt Children There Are Many Issues to Consider -Age, Sex, Needs of the Child
Are you exploring adoption? Should you consider an baby adoption? What special needs can you meet? What age or sex will best fit into your family? Explore you adoption options here.

Open Adoption - A Birth Mother's Story - An Open Adoption from a Birthmother's View
This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation. Page 2.

How to Prepare for Respite From Foster Care
Sometimes foster parents just need a break and respite can be a great option. Find tips on how to prepare for respite weekends for foster children.

Pros and Cons of Domestic and International Adoption
Deciding between an international adoption or a domestic adoption is a big decision. What are the pros and cons of an international or a domestic adoption?

An Open Adoption Story: From the Birth Mother's View
This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation.

Advantages of Baby Adoption vs. Older Child Adoption
Not every prospective adoptive parent is about the cute babies that are available for adoption. Some prefer an older child adoption. Learn a few reasons why.

What Is an Adoption Search Angel?
Learn more about how to become an Adoption Search Angel and what to expect from utilizing a volunteer. Also find an available listing of search angels.

How Much Does Human Adoption Cost? - Costs of Adoption
A break down of adoption cost by type of adoption. How much does a baby adoption cost? Learn the basics to adoption with this quick lesson in adoption costs.

21 Foster Parenting Truths
A veteran foster parent shares some truths that he has come to accept after doing foster care for 17 years.

School Children and Tough Questions - Teach Your Foster or Adopted Child How to Answer the Questions from School Children
It's important that we teach our foster or adoptive child how to answer questions that school children can ask about being adopted or in foster care. It's also important for the kids to know how to keep things private and not to tell too much information at school. Prepare for back to school with the use of cover stories and knowing how to answer the hard questions that some school children can ask.

What to Do When Foster Kids Fight - Foster Parenting - Kids Fighting within Foster Home
What do you do when foster kids fight? How can you establish peace within your foster home and deal with all the kids fighting? Here are 10 ideas to help when foster kids fight.

Free Parenting Class on Child Discipline for Foster Parents - Foster Parents Use a Variety of Child Discipline Techniques to Manage Ch
Great foster parents know that being great means utilizing different child discipline techniques to manage challenging behaviors. Learn more about being a great foster parent and how to best help foster children with their behaviors through child discipline.

20/20 Investigated Russian Adoptions and How Some Children Struggle Fitting In
Soon after bringing home two sisters and a little boy from Russia, the Mulligan family sought help and 20/20 was there documenting their efforts.

Chinese New Year - 7 Fun Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Your Child
The Chinese New Year is a great holiday to choose to celebrate Chinese culture with your child. Here are few fun ways to bring a bit of fun and culture into your home through the festivities of the Chinese New Year.

Parent and Child Activities - Parent and Child Activities to Help You Bond with Your Teen Foster or Adopted Son
Fast and easy parent and child activities to promote bonding between you and your teen foster or adopted son. These parent and child bonding activities include ideas that incorporate physical touch as physical touch is needed for healthy growth and development.

Foster Parent - How to Become a Foster Parent
While each state is different in the trainings offered and requirements mandated for foster homes, the starting point is basic enough that we can come up with a quick list of steps to take toward becoming a foster parent.

Grieving - Ways to Help a Foster or Adopted Child's Grieving
We may feel helpless when our children are grieving a loss. Here are different ways to help our foster or adopted children with grieving.

Adoption Glossary - Adoption Related Words and Terms that Are Important to Know
Adoption Glossary on About.com that features many adoption related words and terms that are commonly used within the adoption and foster care system.

Preparing to Parent the Internationally Adopted Child - International Adoption
Don't walk into an international or domestic adoption blind, prepare to be a parent. Learn a few key elements from the following list of ideas and thoughts on preparing to parent an internationally adopted, foster care adoption or domestic adopted child.

What Is PS-MAPP Foster Parent Training Class?
PS-MAPP is just one foster parent training curriculum utilized by foster agencies to help prepare families for working with foster children and birth families.

Darryl McDaniels or DMC of RUN-DMC - DMC Shares His Adoption Reunion on My Adoption Journey
A review of

What Does it Mean to Foster a Child?
Fostering a child brings about heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the foster home.

Alabama Foster Care Information and Process
Learn about foster care in Alabama.

What Is the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption?
What is the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption and how does it protect children? How does the Hague Convention affect the adoption process?

Black Hair Care - Things to Know Before You Perform Black Hair Care on Your Foster or Adopted Child
As with many other things in life there are myths and out-of-date information regarding black hair care. As foster or adoptive parents, it's important that we try our best to stay up-to-date with the best discipline methods, parenting techniques, and cultural competency. Part of our being culturally competent is knowing how to properly perform black hair care.

What Not to Put Into a Foster or Adopted Child's Lifebook
While it all may be part of a child's life story, but are there some things that are best left out of a lifebook? Yes.

Celebrate Holidays with Foster Children
Here are 8 ideas of things to get done with your foster children before Christmas gets here.

What Is an Open Adoption?
What constitutes contact in an open adoption? Gain some ideas for contact within an open adoption.

Adoption Reunion Can Be Made Possible Through a DNA Test
DNA testing is another way that family members are finding each other. Learn more about this adoption search option.

Famous Foster Child Dave Pelzer Wrote A Child Called It
Dave Pelzer endured years of child abuse and five different foster homes.

Non-Identifying Information and Adoption Records
What is non-identifying information? Why is it important part of adoption records? Can I access my adoption records in order to gain my non-identifying information?

What Is Respite Foster Care?
Learn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.

What Is an Adoption Triad?
Adoption triad is a commonly used word in the adoption community.

Child Murder Cases - Russian Child Murder Cases Have Had a Big Impact on Russian Adoption
There have been several child murder cases of adopted children from Russia. Adoptive parents have snapped and their Russian adopted children murdered. Here are the quick facts on these chilling child murder cases.

Adoption and Foster Care Magazines - Adoption Magazine for the Adoptive and Foster Care Family
Looking to further your adoption education? How about subscribing to a magazine that focuses on adoption or foster care issues? There are several to choose from...some even for the kids.

Necessary Tools Needed to Care for African American and Bi-racial Hair
Tips on choosing the proper tools to care for your child's African American or biracial hair.

Black Hair Care Common Mistakes
Learn the common mistakes made while providing black hair care.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Printable Calendar - Keep Track of Foster Child's Behavior with a Printable Calendar
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of a foster child's behavior with this printable calendar and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a printable calendar.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Record Keeping Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Adoption Poems Written for and by Adoptive Parents
Adoption poems about adoptive parents, mostly written while waiting for an adoption finalization or waiting for an adoption referral.

Adoption Poems About Love and Birth Mothers
Mother and birthmother poems about the love birth mothers have for their placed children. Also, find a listing of other birth mother adoption poems.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.

Foster Care Adoption Poems
Foster care adoption poems specifically for foster care adoption situations.

Waiting for a Referral - International Adoption - Guatemala Adoption
How long is the wait for a referral for a child in Guatemala? How long do Guatemala adoptions take to complete?

Adopting Older Children - Establishing Yourself as an Adoptive Parent with Older Child Adoption
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help.

Adopting Older Children - Establishing Yourself as an Adoptive Parent with Older Child Adoption
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help.

Adopting Older Children - Establishing Yourself as an Adoptive Parent with Older Child Adoption
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help.

Adopting Older Children - Establishing Yourself as an Adoptive Parent with Older Child Adoption
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help.

Using the Wrong Products on African American Hair
Using the right products on African American hair is very important as it needs special care.

Babies and Preschoolers: Foster Parent Considerations
They may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?

Adoption Blog - Adoptees Share Their Feelings Through an Adoption Blog
Adoptees share personal feelings about their adopted lives through their adoption blog. Find a listing of top adoption blogs written by adoptees. Get the other side of an adoption story - read an adoption blog.

Find Someone - How to Find Someone Separated by Adoption or Foster Care
Many are interested in how to find someone separated by adoption and foster care. Here are a few resources to help find someone.

Find Family - A Checklist of Things to Do to Help Find Family Separated by Adoption
I asked the adoption search angels here on About.com on what they would tell a searcher to do when trying to find family separated by adoption. They were all very clear on the first steps and had specific advice for those searching. Here are some things you can do first to find family members.

Many People Become a Foster Parent with the Best Intentions and Then Become Overwhelmed
While you may be feeling a bunch of different emotions, you are not alone in that thinking and it doesn't matter how long ago you became a foster parent.

International Adoption
Understanding the process of bringing home children from other countries. Resources on agencies and information by country.

Extended Family and Their Role in the Foster or Adoptive Family - The Extended Family Can Have a Big Impact on the Foster or Adoptive Family
Whether your extended family loves the idea of your fostering or adopting or hates the idea, their thoughts and feelings will impact you and your family. What is or will be the role of the extended family within your foster or adoptive home?

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets.

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 2.

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 5.

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 4.

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 6.

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 7.

Printable Worksheets - Foster Care Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Foster Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 3.

Foster Care by State-fostering children state home pages
Links to State agencies that train, license, and oversee foster parents.

International Child Adoption Stories
Find stories shared by those involved in an international adoption.

International Adoption Medical Issues
A listing of links and articles to help understand the medical concerns and/or issues involved with international adoptions.

An Adoption Registry Is A Way to Indicate Your Interest in a Reunion
Learn how to use adoption registries as a way to find lost loved ones.

Learn More About International Adoption by Country
Information about different countries open to international adoption. Learn more about wait times, travel, and the cost to adopt.

Learn More About the Different Adoption Forms Needed to Adopt Internationally
Adoption forms needed to adopt internationally, whether the adoption is with a Hague Convention country or a non-Hague Convention country.

Children's Books with an Adoption or Foster Care Theme
Children's books with a theme of foster care or adoption. Find ideas for reading with or to a foster or adopted child.

Birth Father Rights
Information on the rights of fathers. Various articles discussing the issue of birth father rights and helping fathers maintain those rights.

International Adoption Statistics
Information and various reports on international adoption statistics by the year.

Open Adoption Records
The differing viewpoints on open adoption records.

Fostering & Kinship Foster Placements
Understanding the unique dynamics when fostering the children of relatives and close friends.

Adoption Poems - Adoption Poetry - Adoption Poems - Foster Parent Poem
Adoption poems written by adoptive parents, birth family, foster parents, and adoptees. Find an adoption poem for an adoption announcement or one that suits your mood at this time in your adoption journey.

Bullies and Your Adopted Child - Bullying Affects Foster and Adopted Children
Bullying is an adoption issue as many experts find that common causes of bullying are rooted in diversity: racial differences, differences in family formation/structure, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, and religious differences. Many adoptions and foster care situations cross cultural and racial lines. Get great tips to stop bullying now.

Adoptive and Foster Parenting of Newborns and Toddlers
Find helpful articles that include tips and hints to help with the parenting of newborns as well as parenting toddlers.

Adoptive Parenting and Foster Parenting of Older Children
There are many older children waiting for forever adoptive homes, learn more about what it takes to be an adoptive parent or foster parent of the older child.

Personal Adoption Stories
Find adoption stories, reunion stories, and uplifting thoughts on adoption.

Adoption Photo Gallery - International - Domestic
Adoption photo gallery - International travel to homelands - families - orphanages.

Importance of Culture - Explore the Importance of Culture within Adoption and Foster Care
There is much to think about when it comes to adoptive and foster parenting, but don't forget the importance of culture.

Foster Parenting or Adopting an Older Child - Preschool through Elementary School Age
Learn more about the foster or adoptive parenting of the slightly older child.

Information on Affording the Cost of an Adoption
Learn more the cost of an adoption and how to go about affording an adoption.

Lifebooks - Lifebooks Are an Awesome Tool for Foster Children and Adopted Children
Lifebooks contain a foster or adopted child's life story and also helps foster and adopted children understand their life story. Find tips and advice on how to go about creating an effective lifebook for a child.

School Survival - School Survival for Foster and Adoptive Children and Parents
Ideas and tips regarding school survival for foster and adoptive parents and foster and adoptive children.

Adopting by State
Profiles of the different state agencies, many with links to photo listings of waiting children.

Adoption Gifts - Foster Care Gifts - Adoption Celebration
Some ideas for adoption gifts to give to birth parents, adoptees, foster children or foster/adoptive parents.

Adoptive Family Support Resources - Adoptive parents - on-line groups - Community
Support and help for the adoptive family.

African American and Bi-racial Hair Care Is a Skill Some Foster / Adoptive Parents Need - Learn African American Hair Care
Learn the proper techniques and gain information on how to care for the hair and skin of an African American or bi-racial child.

Birth/First Family Support Resources - on-line community - help - comfort
Support and comfort for the birth/first family of the adoptee.

First/Birth Fathers - Resources - Support
Information for first fathers. Articles and links to further advice and support for fathers.

Foster Parent Training
Listing of websites that provide training as well as articles that can be read, and along with a certificate, be turned in for training hours.

Marriage and Foster Care and Adoption - Effects on Your Family
Adding children to your home and life can and most likely will effect your marriage. Be prepared for these changes and how they will impact your core family.

Parenting special needs - discipline - helps - resources
Parenting the special needs children in adoption and foster care.

Types of Adoption - Domestic - International - Agency - Step Parent
Learn more about the different types of adoption.

Parenting Interracial Families or Multi-cultural Families
Information and parenting information needed on the various cultures that foster and adoptive parents encounter.

Step-Parenting - Adoption - Resources - Information
Step-parenting links and articles.

Support Resources for the Expectant Parents
Support Resources for the Expectant Parents. On-line communities, articles, information for support in whatever decision is made.

Incident Report Form - Incident Report Form for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Example of an incident report form for foster and adoptive parents. Use this incident report form when attempting effective written documentation for foster or adoptive record keeping. Page 8.

Foster Care Agency - Is it time to Change Your Foster Care Agency or Adoption Agency?
Thoughts on when it may be time to change your foster care or adoption agency.

Who Can Be a Foster Parent? - Rules and Requirements
Who can be a foster parent? It's open to almost everyone. Foster parents are needed all over the world. Are you ready to be a foster parent and help a foster child?

How to Host an Adoption Baby Shower
An adoption baby shower is a great way to welcome a new child into the family. Learn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.

How To Plan An Adoption Baby Shower
Baby Showers are the norm for a traditional family giving birth to a new child. Here are a few ideas on having a Baby Shower for adoptive families.

6 Motivations for Adoption
There are many reasons why people choose to adopt. Here are 6 common reasons for choosing adoption.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

First Few Weeks with a New Foster Child Advice
One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive parents is,

Questions to Ask Before Taking a Foster Child
When a foster parent gets a call to take in a new foster child, it can be a bit overwhelming. Foster parents know they should ask certain questions, but they seem to leave our minds. Here are a list of basic questions that foster parents can ask social workers when they get a call about a foster child being placed in their home.

Printable Worksheets for Foster Children and Parents
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets.

Legally Free for Adoption Definition
What Does it Mean When a Child Is Legally Free for Adoption? A definition for the adoption term, legally free for adoption.

ABC Adoption Reunion Show Find My Family
ABC offers new adoption reunion show,

When Adoption Reunions Don't Work - Kara's Story
Adoption reunions are not always a happy time. Sometimes birth family doesn't want to meet the adoptee. Sometimes an adoptee has no where else to turn. Page 2.

States that Offer Open Adoption Records
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway and The American Adoption Congress only a few States offer open adoption records. Do you live in a State with open adoption records?

Mulligan Family Opens Up About Their Russian Adoptions
After the Mulligans were interviewed on 20/20 regarding their difficult journey as adoptive parents to three Russian children, many had more questions. I got to speak to the family for 3 hours and the Mulligans cleared up some misconceptions about them, their children and Russian adoption.

Compulsive Shopping - Is Compulsive Shopping Really an Addiction
After the Mulligans were interviewed on 20/20 regarding their difficult journey as adoptive parents to three Russian children, many had more questions. I got to speak to the family for 3 hours and the Mulligans cleared up some misconceptions about them, their children and Russian adoption. Page 2.

Interview About Russian Adoptions With The Mulligan Family
After the Mulligans were interviewed on 20/20 regarding their difficult journey as adoptive parents to three Russian children, many had more questions. I got to speak to the family for 3 hours and the Mulligans cleared up some misconceptions about them, their children and Russian adoption. Page 3.

5 Challenges Of Foster Care
Being a foster parent does not come without some challenges. Let's take a look at 5 common challenges and what you can do about them.

6 Reasons To Become a Foster Parent
Foster Care is often misunderstood and avoided because few people understand it's value. Here are 6 reasons you should consider becoming a foster parent.

4 Considerations In International Adoption When Choosing A Country
International adoption can be a overwhelming, even from the very first step. Here are 4 consideration for you when choosing the country from which you will adopt.

5 Ways To Survive International Adoption
International Adoption can be a grueling and exhausting journey. It is constantly changing and creating new challenges. Here are 5 ways you can survive the journey!

4 Steps To Blending Your Adopted And Biological Kids.
Adoption comes with many challenges. One of those challenges can be working to blend your biological and your adopted kids as one family unit. Here are 4 Steps to blending your kids!

Top 5 Reasons Open Adoptions Can Be Good
Open adoption can be a scary thought. But, it can also be an amazing experience. Here are the TOP 5 reason an open adoption may be the right choice for you.

5 Reason To Talk To Your Adopted & Foster Kids About Race
It is not easy, but talking to our adopted and foster children about race is very important. Here are 5 reason to talk to your kids about race.

Is Adoption a Choice for Your Unborn Child?
What are the reasons for and against placing a child for adoption? Things to think about for both the expectant/unwed mother and expectant/unwed father.

Pros and Cons - Giving Your Child Up for Adoption
What are the reasons for and against placing a child for adoption? Things to think about for both the expectant/unwed mother and expectant/unwed father. Page 2.

Birth Father Left out of Adoption Process
A story of a man's fight to be a part of his child's life after being left out of the adoption process.

Birth Father Fights for Custody
A story of a man's fight to be a part of his child's life after being left out of the adoption process. Page 2.

3 Major Areas of Adoption Expense
Adoption expenses can be daunting and even a bit confusing. Here are 3 major areas of expense and some great resources to help you in the process.

7 Common Adoption Myths Debunked
Let's take a look at 7 common myths about adoption. Let's explore the truth that exists behind each one and help you better understand adoption.

5 Comments About Adoption You Didn't Know Were Offensive
Everyone wants to ask questions when they meet an adoptive family. But you may not realize that some of your questions can actually be offensive.

6 Steps To A Great Adoption Profile Video
An adoption video might be the single best tool you can use to make a match with your future child’s birth parent. Here are 6 steps to a great video.

Overcoming The Fears In Adoption
Few things in life excited you like adoption. But, few things fill you with such fear as adoption. Here are some steps to overcome the common fears!

Top 55 Children's Books on Adoption & Foster Care (pt2)
This is Part 2 of 3 in a series to help you discover great books on adoption and foster care for children of all ages.

Top 55 Children's Books on Adoption and Foster Care (pt 1)
This is Part 1 in a 3 Part series helping you discover the 55 top children's books on Adoption and Foster Care.

Great Books and Films About Adoption
If you're looking for a great list of books and films that are about adoption, include adoption or feature adoption here is your exhaustive list!

6 Steps Towards Becoming A Foster Parent
Being a foster parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. The key is being prepared, having realistic expectations.

Creative Family Trees - Page 1 - for families connected to adoption and foster care
Age-specific ways to help our children visualize and express the diversity of their families. Great for adoptive and foster families, and teachers.