Adoption

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.

Foster Care and the Opioid Crisis: This is What It Looks Like in Real Life

A couple in West Virginia—the epicenter of the opioid crisis—became parents to four children thrown into foster care because of their parents' drug addiction. They are just one family bringing attention to an issue that's plaguing the country. HLN's Lynn Smith dives into the story.
Read More

Please Stop Calling My Adopted Daughter ‘Lucky’

After I brought my daughter home, people kept telling me how fortunate she was to have me as a parent. I know they meant well, but that narrative is far from the truth, and here’s why.
Read More

My Harrowing TSA Experience Reminded Me What it Means to Have a Child Who Doesn't Look Like Me

My daughter, now 6, and I had traveled several times before and never had an issue. But on this particular trip, the TSA agent uncomfortably questioned my little girl, who I adopted at birth. She was too scared to even answer. And when I vented on social media, I wasn't expecting other moms to be so insensitive.
Read More

I Was a Kid in Foster Care, Now I'm Advocating for a Better System

Cassidy Littleton first entered the foster care system when she was 11 years old. Now a 20-year-old college student, she's meeting with senators in Washington D.C. to campaign for foster care reform. Here, she shares her story.
Read More

More Adoption & Foster Care

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.
Read More

Books About Adoption for Kids

These children's adoption books for parents are full of easy-to-understand lessons in family dynamics, touching stories of love, and adorable characters to help kids understand what it means to be adopted.
Read More

17-Year-Old Hopes to Find a Family Before Aging Out of the Adoption System: ‘Anyone Who Will Take Me'

Haven wants to serve his country soon and hopes to find a family before he does.