Adoption & Foster Care

Considering adopting or fostering a child? Learn the ins and outs of the adoption process and the foster care system in your state, including facts on domestic and international adoption, tips on finding an agency, and a breakdown of the cost of fostering or adopting a child.

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.

Quiz: Is Adoption Right for You?

Have you been thinking about forming a family through adoption? Take our quiz and find out if adoption might suit you.

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Can a Single Person Adopt?

Overcome the obstacles of single-parent adoption.

Adoptive Parents' Shopping List

The must-haves for your family's new arrival.

When Should We Tell Our Child That He Was Adopted?

Find the right time to discuss this sensitive subject.

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.

8 Things You Should Know About Adoption

A few things you should consider before you adopt.

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.

Meet the Parents Who Adopted 4 Kids in Just 24 Hours

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

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.

Things NOT to Say to an Adoptive Parent

Learn what not to say to parents of adopted children--and why you shouldn't say it--with this adoption etiquette primer.

Starting the Adoption Process

Parents who've already welcomed children into their homes are eager to debunk the many myths that surround adoption. Our guide will set the record straight and start you on your way.

Level of Involvement for Birth Parents

Here's what you need to know about the involvement of birth parents after your adoption is complete.

When One Child Is Adopted and the Other Isn't

These 4 must-know tips will help your family mesh no matter what your circumstances.

Adopting a Child of a Different Race

Things to consider before beginning your interracial family.

Adoption FAQs

Get the answers to common questions about adoption.

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."

Agency vs. Independent Adoption

Find the method of adoption that best suits your needs.

Children's Books About Adoption

Helpful books to read to your adopted child.

Reactive Attachment Disorder and Adoption

How to know if your adopted child is still transitioning into your home or suffering from a more serious disorder.

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.

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.

Mom Creates Emotional Video For Son Before Putting Him Up For Adoption

18-year-old Hannah Mongie decided it was best to put her baby boy Taggart up for adoption after the sudden death of her boyfriend.

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