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  • Family Life
    Adopting Stepchildren
    Adoption for Stepfamilies
    Adoption for Stepfamilies Adoption is one area that's easier to navigate for stepfamilies than it is for non-stepfamilies. (We found an easier area! Hurrah!) Adoption after a parent has died is simplest. It can get confusing—not to mention leg...
  • Family Life
    Adopting Stepchildren
    Stepparent Adoption
    Stepparent Adoption Step-Speak One's biochild is one's birth child. Adoption is a legal procedure in which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biochild. Relative adoption is adoption by somebody related to the chil...
  • Family Life
    Adopting Stepchildren
    Stepparent Adoption
    Stepparent Adoption Step-Speak One's biochild is one's birth child. Adoption is a legal procedure in which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biochild. Relative adoption is adoption by somebody related to the chil...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Adoption Agencies and Support Groups
    State Public Adoption Agencies
    State Public Adoption Agencies Each state has a central adoption office based in the state social services headquarters. These offices are primarily concerned with the adoption of foster children, but in most cases, state adoption personnel are ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Adoption Agencies and Support Groups
    Selected National Adoption Agencies
    Selected National Adoption Agencies The following national adoption organizations provide information and support on adoption and adoption-related issues. Some specialize in a particular area, such as children with special needs, whereas other o...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Search for Birthparents
    Adoption: Obtaining Birth Records
    Adoption: Obtaining Birth Records Adoptinfo Keep in mind that not everyone is aware of the state registries and not everyone chooses to use them; consequently, searchers shouldn't depend solely on the state registry but may also wish to register...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Birthparent and Adoptive Parent Relations
    Birthmothers Who Change Their Minds About Adoption
    Birthmothers Who Change Their Minds About Adoption Probably the most intensely felt fear of adopters is that the birthmother will make an adoption plan—and then flip-flop and decide to raise the child herself. Very few birthmothers change thei...
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    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Search for Birthparents
    Fears About Your Adopted Child's Search
    Fears About Your Adopted Child's Search Many adoptive parents have powerful negative feelings about the idea of an adoption search. Should they feel guilty? I don't think so. I think they should feel human. But frankly, they don't have much to wo...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Search for Birthparents
    Adopted Adults Who Search for Their Birthparents
    Adopted Adults Who Search for Their Birthparents To search, in adoption terminology, means to seek out a biological relative. Most searchers try to locate their birthmothers, sometimes followed by a search for the birthfathers. Some searchers tr...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Birthparent and Adoptive Parent Relations
    Adoption: When Problems Occur with Birthparents
    Adoption: When Problems Occur with Birthparents Although your relationship with the birthparents may start out great, sometimes problems develop later on. Keep in mind that relationships with family members (including one's own parents) are some...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Social Workers
    When You Are Turned Down as an Adoptive Parent
    When You Are Turned Down as an Adoptive Parent Rejection doesn't happen much in adoption, because most families who think they might get rejected by an agency drop out of the home study process before it ends. But once in a while, a family is su...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Disrupted Adoption
    Disrupted Adoptions
    Disrupted Adoptions Some adopters decide they cannot handle severe physical, emotional, or psychiatric problems that show up in their adopted child. What happens when a child's behaviors fall too far short of the parents' expectations? Researche...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Challenges With an Adopted Child
    Troubled Adopted Children
    Troubled Adopted Children This section is about more serious behavioral and psychological problems that some adopted children sometimes have, problems that are difficult for them and for their parents. They may stem from earlier abuse or from a ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Challenges With an Adopted Child
    Raising Your Adopted Child: Problems
    Raising Your Adopted Child: Problems Adoptinfo An adoption issue is a problem that preoccupies and distresses an adopted child and is related to adoption. For example, fear that a birthparent might kidnap the child is an adoption issue. So what ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    Adoption: Single with Children
    Adoption: Single with Children Every state in the United States allows single people to adopt. As a result, marital status isn't a legal barrier to adopting a child anywhere. At least, not officially. Many adoption agencies and attorneys, howeve...
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Challenges With an Adopted Child
    Adoption: Dealing with Genetic Differences
    Adoption: Dealing with Genetic Differences Some adopters have difficulty accepting a child who looks very different from what they envisioned. (However, most adopters don't have a problem with the fact that their kids probably won't look much li...