Issues to Consider

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Approaching adoption, there are many issues to take into consideration. Some of the more common include:

Adopting After Infertility
Resources and information for those considering adopting after infertility.

Adoption Language
The way we talk about adoption has evolved over time as we become more aware of the complexities of our relationships and the way both children and adults react to words, nuances, and connotations. Learn about the words we use, how we use them, and why.

Adoptive Breastfeeding
Adoptive mothers can - and do - breastfeed successfully, but it isn't without controversy. For those who are interested, there's a wealth of information, support, and community.

Attachment & Bonding
Sources of information, guidance, and treatment professionals for attachment and bonding concerns, including Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

Child Health & Development
Information and resources pertaining to developmental, emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical health issues of concern to parents.

Disabled Parents
Disabled persons can adopt. It's the law.

Failed Placement
Support and insight when an adoption plan falls through.

My Spouse
This forum discussion is focused on situations where spouses may have differing ideas about adopting, type of adoption, or adjusting to the idea of adoption as a way to form their families.

Older Parent Adoption
Adoption for those in their 40s and older has traditionally held few options. Prospective adoptive parents need to be realistic - and positive - about their own abilities and capabilities as more opportunities become available.

Open Adoption
Open adoption is becoming more common, and more widely accepted. As you approach adoption, you may want to consider an open adoption for your family.

Risk in Adoption
The possibility a planned adoption will not go through is one of the greatest fears expressed by those considering adoption. Learn about risk in adoption, what it means, and how to evaluate your own situation.

Siblings in the Family
A new child in the family is a joy, and when siblings are adopted or a combination of biological and adopted, parents can be faced with challenges requiring support, new ideas, or professional advice.
Single Parent Adoption
Single parents face their own set of challenges when adopting which can include restrictions in some states and countries, the need for opposite gender input into their children's lives, and more.

Special Needs
Special needs adoption author, parent, and guru, Rita Laws, Ph.D., addresses subsidies, the availability of babies, ethical practices, and much more in this multi-part article. A must for all considering this type of adoption.

Taking Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself during the adoption process is as important as any other step along the way. Find information to help you keep stress levels to a minimum.

Telling Family & Friends
Sharing the joy of our plans to build a family through adoption may result in awkward reactions, requiring education and information. Here are resources and information to help.

Transracial/Transcultural Adoption
Resources and information for those considering transracial and/or transcultural adoption. Questions to ask, support, and personal perspectives.

Visitor Comments (2)
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christa - 5 years ago
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i just founed out i am pregnet and this might be the last baby i can have and i have to do adopchen i need ansors and help i wont to be apart of my babys life and always be arouned open adopchen souneds like a verry good idea #1
Julia - 4 years ago
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Thank you Christa for choosing adoption! #2

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