• 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
    Transracial Adoptions
    Introducing Your Adopted Transracial Child
    Introducing Your Adopted Transracial Child How will your family members react if you decide to adopt a child who looks very different from them and from you? They may be shocked and upset, or they may be accepting and positive. Or, more likely, ...
  • 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
    Preparing for Adoption
    Answering Questions About Your Adoption
    Answering Questions About Your Adoption After you've adopted your child and introduced him or her to your family, friends, and acquaintances, be prepared for an onslaught of questions—some of them quite rude. For instance, don't be surprised i...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    What is Readoption?
    What is Readoption? In the case of intercountry adoptions, some countries issue a final adoption decree to the adoptive parents while they are in the country. But the parents may seek a readoption, an additional adoption in their home state beyo...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    Getting Ready for Your Adopted Child
    Getting Ready for Your Adopted Child Once it begins to sink in that you will actually be bringing a new person into your home and family, you'll start to think about just how much there is to do to prepare for him or her. I'll walk you through s...
  • 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...
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    Waiting for Your Adopted Child
    Waiting for Your Adopted Child The wait is the hardest of all for you, the future adopter. Sure, other people can aggravate you with interminable questions, but you have an awful lot of questions, hopes, and fears yourself. So how do you manage ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    Your Family's Reaction to Adoption
    Your Family's Reaction to Adoption If you have no children now and you plan to adopt, you can bet that your lifestyle will change. Your parents probably realize it. They know parenting isn't for sissies. Here are a few issues that might concern ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    What You Need to Know About a Child You Might Adopt
    What You Need to Know About a Child You Might Adopt When the agency or attorney tells you about a child who's already been born, you should be sure to ask plenty of questions about the child's health and her environment. Here's a sampling of que...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Open or Closed Adoption
    "Open" or "Closed" Adoption?
    "Open" or "Closed" Adoption? Familybuilding Tips In an open adoption, the adoption arranger often creates a contract that spells out what is expected of each side; for example, how often photographs and letters will be exchanged, and how they wi...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Preparing for Adoption
    Gay and Lesbian Adopters
    Gay and Lesbian Adopters No one knows how many adopters are gay or lesbian, although some agencies openly welcome gay, lesbian, and bisexual applicants. It may well be that more gays and lesbians are seeking to adopt than in past years, as socie...
  • 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...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    International Adoption
    Adoption: Finding Your Child Abroad
    Adoption: Finding Your Child Abroad Although a home study by an adoption agency is mandatory when adopting internationally, some families choose to do some of the legwork of actually finding a child themselves. I think that this is an extremely ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Adoption Cost
    Government Funding for Adoption
    Government Funding for Adoption Federal and some state governments now offer a number of benefits or reimbursements for some adoption costs. Federal laws also require employers that provide health insurance to give the same insurance to newly-ad...
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    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

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  • Babies and Toddlers
    International Adoption
    Should You Adopt Internationally?
    Should You Adopt Internationally? Because you are dealing with two countries and usually have to travel overseas to go and get the child, international adoptions are by their very nature more complicated than U.S. adoptions. In addition to the f...