Personal Story: “The Older Child We Adopted Was Frightened of Me, at First”

Personal Story: “The Older Child We Adopted Was Frightened of Me, at First”

I thought I understood the challenges of adopting an older child. I expected that my new daughter would need some time to get used to me, but I never thought she’d be frightened b ...

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Personal Story: “How I Selected My Egg Donor”

Personal Story: “How I Selected My Egg Donor”

How do you choose the person you want to make babies with? Everyone has her priorities; these are mine. ...

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Personal Story: “The Moment I Became a Mother”

Personal Story: “The Moment I Became a Mother”

Seven months pregnant at the time, a mom recalls the moment her internationally adopted daughter arrived home. ...

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Personal Story: “My Feelings About Donor Egg May Always Be Complex”

Personal Story: “My Feelings About Donor Egg May Always Be Complex”

I still ache to have a genetic child, and that feeling may always be with me. At the same time, I delight in my daughter and love her too much to want to redo anything. She is the ...

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Personal Story: “My Son Came Home Mourning the Loss of Loving Foster Parents”

Personal Story: “My Son Came Home Mourning the Loss of Loving Foster Parents”

When I adopted an older child, I was prepared to teach him what it means to have a family. Instead, I found myself with a little boy in deep mourning for the loss of his loving fo ...

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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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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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Personal Story: “What Led Us to Surrogacy in India”

Personal Story: “What Led Us to Surrogacy in India”

Our path to family had its share of twists and turns. That was how we landed at Plan J, also known as becoming parents through Indian surrogacy. ...

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Families Share: “On Loving Our Child’s Birth Mother”

Families Share: “On Loving Our Child’s Birth Mother”

Two moms who took different paths to adoption open their hearts to their children’s birth mothers. ...

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