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.

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I Reached Out to My Birth Father Because of the Pandemic and Never Heard Back, But That Just Made Me Stronger

There has been an increase in people looking for their biological parents during the pandemic. I was one of them. But the process of finding my biological roots wasn't what I hoped for and yet it's helping me heal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More Adoption Stories

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.

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.

Sandra Bullock Asks People to Stop Saying 'Adopted Child,' and I Applaud Her

If you're a mom by adoption, you'll be ready to fist bump Sandy, too. If you aren't, you may want to take notes on how to properly address someone who is.