Adoption Stories

Like pregnancy and birth, no two adoption stories are the same. Read our reader stories about the trials and triumphs of parents who have adopted.

Love Times Six: Meet the Foster Mom Who Adopted a Half-Dozen Sisters

As we celebrate National Foster Care Month in May, grab some tissues and read the story of Lacey Dunkin, who adopted six (six!) sisters.

Adopting Older Children

At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.

Celebrity Moms Who Adopted

Serial adopter Angelina Jolie may get most of the press, but she's far from being the only celeb to become a mama through adoption. A slew of stars we love have done the same. Check out our list of fabulous adoptive moms -- and meet their lucky kids.

Adoption Diaries: Stories of Domestic, International, and Foster Care Adoptions

Adopting a child is such a powerful, emotional experience that it's hard for parents to put it into words. But we got four families -- who adopted in different ways -- to tell us what it's like.

One Mom's Story of Open Adoption

"In some ways, the process of open adoption was incredibly simple. In other, it was far more complicated than we ever imagined."

Adopting from Russia: One Family's Story

One thing led to another, and we became -- unexpectedly -- twice-blessed.

Adoption Story From a Young and Fertile Couple

When this 20-something, fertile couple decided to adopt a child, they shocked family and friends -- and so did their daughter's birth mom.

Meet the Parents Who Adopted 4 Kids in Just 24 Hours

This is an adoption story you won't soon forget.

Adopting in Your 40s

"First-time parent at 41? If this is my midlife crisis, I couldn't have hoped for a sweeter one."

Simone Biles' Mom and Dad Are Her Parents. Period.

Adoption is just another path to becoming a family. It's time for the rest of the world to catch up and understand that.

A Simple Adoption Story

Think that adoption is incredibly complicated? Here, the tale of one family who got the baby of their dreams.

Firefighter Adopts Baby Girl He Delivered After Responding to Fateful Call

Marc Hadden and his wife had been wanting to adopt, and suddenly baby Grace was in their arms.

Adopting a Child with Spina Bifida

Adopting a special needs child can bring challenges to a family but also plenty of joy. One mother describes the emotional journey of adopting her daughter with Spina Bifida from China.

The Sweet Moments These Adoptive Parents Met Their Children for the First Time

Whether it happened in a hospital delivery room or a government office a half a world away, see how these parents remember their very first meeting with the children who joined their family through adoption.

Sweet Photos Show Parents Meeting Adopted Baby Daughter for the First Time

You can practically feel the love in these powerful photos.

We're a Match! 3 Families Share Their Adoption Stories

Meet three families who chose open adoption (they keep in touch with the birth mother) and see how they make it work.

Five Paths to a New Family through Adoption

Adopting a child from overseas comes with a unique set of challenges. We take you through the requirements of five countries and share the lessons parents learned along the way.

Toddler Celebrates His Adoption With Happiest Photo Ever

The Internet is LOVING this picture of a 3-year-old celebrating his adoption after 832 days in foster care.

Famous Adoptees

Find out which famous people were raised by adoptive families.

These Photos of Siblings Just Adopted From Foster Care Will Make Your Day

They already had three teenage daughters, but that didn't stop one California couple from adding two more little ones to the mix!

Adoption Stories: Miracle on 14th Street

The extraordinary tale of a man who found an abandoned baby in a subway station and ended up with the family of his dreams.

Video Captures 11-Year-Old's Emotional Reaction to Christmas Day Adoption Surprise

All he wanted to find under the Christmas tree was this. And we all cry along with him as his dreams come true!

WATCH: Kids Meet New Baby Brother Under Christmas Tree

A mom surprises her daughters with an epic early Christmas present, tucked under the tree...a brand new baby brother!

Mom Grants Friend's Dying Wish to Adopt Her 3 Kids

This mom is stepping up to the plate in the most amazing way for her friend battling ALS.