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Adopting a Newborn in the U.S.: Fast Facts

Adopting a Newborn in the U.S.: Fast Facts

Find resources for domestic adoption and adoption agencies, read personal stories from newborn adopters, tips for managing the birth mother relationship. ...

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Domestic Adoption: Myths & Reality

Domestic Adoption: Myths & Reality

U.S. newborn adoption today is more transparent than ever before, and increasingly defined by healthier choices for birth families and adoptive families alike. ...

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Understanding Open Adoption – The Benefits and Challenges

Understanding Open Adoption – The Benefits and Challenges

Among experts who study it and families who practice it, openness in adoption varies widely. Here, a look at open adoption today. ...

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Personal Story: “How I Handled Calls from Prospective Birth Mothers”

Personal Story: “How I Handled Calls from Prospective Birth Mothers”

How do you handle the most unusual phone call you’ll ever have—that first conversation with an expectant mother? Here’s what I did. ...

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Writing a Terrific Dear Birth Mother Letter

Writing a Terrific Dear Birth Mother Letter

An expert offers tips for writing a "dear birthmother letter." What do you write when the merchandise on offer is your heart? ...

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Personal Story: “I Used to Worry I Couldn’t Love a Stranger’s Infant”

Personal Story: “I Used to Worry I Couldn’t Love a Stranger’s Infant”

Now my attachment is so fierce, it takes my breath away. ...

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The First Conversation with a Potential Birth Parent

The First Conversation with a Potential Birth Parent

What matters most is not a list of questions or negotiating points, but finding a way to meet genuinely as people. ...

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Independent Adoption: Risks, Benefits, and How It Works

Independent Adoption: Risks, Benefits, and How It Works

An overview of of independent adoption — sometimes, referred to as private adoption — from an experience adoption attorney and adoptive father. ...

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Personal Story: “What the Books Didn’t Tell Us About Adoption”

Personal Story: “What the Books Didn’t Tell Us About Adoption”

My wife and I learned a lot about domestic adoption from reading, but there were some things not discussed in the books. Here they are, from one father to another, from one parent ...

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Best Practices When Working with Prospective Birth Parents

Best Practices When Working with Prospective Birth Parents

An expectant mother who's considering adoption should have certain rights, including access to counseling, her own legal representation, the right to choose the family, and to cha ...

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