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.

Most Recent

Adopting a Son of a Different Race Opened My Eyes to the Foster Care System

I was already a mom of six when my husband and I adopted a child outside of our race—and I found out many families wouldn’t do the same. I hope my adoption journey will change their minds.
Read More

Baby Abandoned at Airport 33 Years Ago Finds His Birth Parents, Only to Learn His Mother Died

"I have found my birth father and siblings on both sides, who were all unaware of my existence," Steven Hydes (aka "Gary Gatwick") wrote on Facebook.
Read More

I Found Out I was Adopted From a DNA Test

Jessica* always suspected her mom wasn't telling the truth about her birth story, but it wasn't until she took an at-home DNA test that she had proof. A year later, her biological mother reached out.
Read More

Why This Adoptive Mom Refused to Change Her Daughter's Name

The social worker and adoption agency director strongly recommended this mom rename her 1.5-year-old daughter post-adoption, but she refused. Experts explain both sides of the name change debate.
Read More

Our Special Needs Adoption Was Unpredictable But Perfect for Our Family

When Elsie Larson, cofounder of the blog A Beautiful Mess, started her family via adoption, Instagram’s greatest mama-love story was born. Here’s the incredible, moving saga, in Larson’s own words.
Read More

Mom Learns Her 2 Adopted Kids Are Biological Siblings: 'They Were Meant to Find Each Other'

Katie Page, of Parker, Colorado, says she couldn't ignore the similarities between her son and daughter when she took them in one year apart.
Read More

More Adoption Stories

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.
Read More

Adopting an Older Child: One Mom's Story

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

How One Couple Became Parents to Twins from Different Mothers

The Hollifield's always wanted a big family, but when they found out they were expecting on their journey to adopt for a second time, they got far more than they ever could have imagined.