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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Adopting in Your 40s

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

A Simple Adoption Story

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

Adopting from Russia: One Family's Story

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

Famous Adoptees

Find out which famous people were raised by adoptive families.

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.

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.

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.

Adopting Internationally: Russia

A father reflects on the journey as he brings his new son home.