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Adoption/Foster Care: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
6 Skills You Should Master Before Becoming a...
Basic foster care skills needed to become a foster parent that does great work with children. Information on being a foster parent, the needs of foster children, and state profiles on agencies.
12 Common Reasons Children Enter Foster Care
There are a number of reasons that bring children into the foster care system.
Adult Adoptions
Is it legal to adopt an adult? Who would choose such an option? How about foreign adults seeking to be adopted into the United States? Here are some reasons for an adult adoption and some reasons why some states are against them.
Incident Report Writing Begins with Knowing...
Incident report writing can be intimidating, but it's easy if you remember that it's all about the facts. It's also important to know what to leave out when writing an incident report.
What Is the Salary for Providing Foster Care?
A quick overview on the perspective of the foster care subsidy as salary.
5 Reasons to Adopt a Child
Thoughts on when adopting a child is a good idea.
Are You Really Ready to Adopt a Child?
When deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues before you answer the big one, is adoption right for you and your family?
9 Things to Consider Before Fostering Children
Points to ponder while deciding on whether or not to be a foster parent. Information about fostering a child.
What You Should Know About Foster Care Subsidies
What is foster care reimbursement? How should a foster care subsidy be utilized within the foster home?
Caring for Your African American or Biracial...
Learn how to care for African American hair. Simple black hair care tips and steps to caring for African American hair.
What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...
Areas that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.
10 Reasons Not to Adopt a Child
Thoughts on when a motivation to adopt a child may not be in the child or family's best interest.
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9 Ways You Can Help Kids in Foster Care
If you are unable to do foster care at this time, what other ways can you help foster children? We have several ideas for you that will help foster children.
10 Ways to Prepare for Foster Care
Are you looking to foster parent in the future? Prepare now with these ten easy steps of ways to prepare to work with children in need.
What Are the Differences Between Foster Care...
Understanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster care.
Incident Report Form Printable Worksheet
Example of an incident report form for foster and adoptive parents. Use this incident report form when attempting effective written documentation for foster or adoptive record keeping. Page 8.
Foster Care 101
Everything you ever wanted to know about foster care, being a foster parent, or becoming a foster parent. Know that regulations differ from state to state and country to country, but the basics and needs of the children are very much the same.
Adoption Poems Written by Members of the...
A listing of several poems relating to the topic of adoption written by readers.
What You Should Know About Adoption Home Study
What is an adoption home study? Why is it needed? What does an adoption home study include? Can I be better prepared for it?
6 Things Gay Couples Should Know About Adoption
Gay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.
How Much Does an Adoption Cost?
A break down of adoption cost by type of adoption. How much does a baby adoption cost? Learn the basics to adoption with this quick lesson in adoption costs.
Adoption Poems About Birth Mothers
Mother and birthmother poems about the love birth mothers have for their placed children. Also, find a listing of other birth mother adoption poems.
Top 10 Questions to Ask When Called to take a...
When a foster parent gets a call to take in a new foster child, it can be a bit overwhelming. Foster parents know they should ask certain questions, but they seem to leave our minds. Here are a list of basic questions that foster parents can ask social workers when they get a call about a foster child being placed in their home.
Single Women and Adoption: Overcoming Stereotypes
More single woman are turning toward adoption as an option to bring children into their lives. Negative social stigma is just one of the challenges for those who choose single parent adoption.
Who Can Be a Foster Parent?
Who can be a foster parent? It's open to almost everyone. Foster parents are needed all over the world. Are you ready to be a foster parent and help a foster child?
10 Quick and Effective Bonding Activities for...
Fast and easy bonding activities to help build a connection between you and your foster or adopted child. Here are 10 five minute bonding activities to try at home.
What Is The Adoption Assistance and Child...
Information and goals of The Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980. Public Law 96-272 brought about major changes to help children and families remain strong and intact.
Can Parents with Terminated Rights Ever Seek...
Can a parent whose rights were terminated seek custody if the child hasn't been adopted yet? An Ohio court examines the limits of terminated parental rights.
Why Do Some Foster Children Have to Endure...
Many foster children bounce from foster home to foster home due to disruptions. Here is a list of common reasons foster parents disrupt on placements.
7 Ways to Afford the Cost of Adoption
One of the major reasons people don't pursue adoption is the cost of adoption, especially international adoption. Many every day people have added to their family through adoption without going flat broke. Here are a few ways to help with adoption costs
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Baby...
Not every prospective adoptive parent is about the cute babies that are available for adoption. Some prefer an older child adoption. Learn a few reasons why.
Hosting an Adoption Baby Shower
An adoption baby shower is a great way to welcome a new child into the family. Learn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.
Find the Perfect Adoption Baby Shower Game
Here are several baby shower game ideas and tips for those adoption baby shower hosts and hostesses. Many of these options may require your creative touch to ensure that these baby shower games are adoption friendly and fun.
Confidential Intermediary
Adoption searches sometimes require the use of a Confidential Intermediary (CI). What is a CI?
Foster Care Record Keeping with Printable...
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.
What Is an Adoption Welcome Party?
Most every new parent, especially moms, look forward to their baby shower. But what about adoptive parents who are adopting a child older than an infant? That's when the host or hostess would throw an adoption welcome party. Learn more about hosting the perfect welcome party.
How to Create a Safety Plan
How to create a safety plan when children have unsafe behaviors within your home.
Complete a Foster Care Adoption
Many adoptive parents choose foster care adoption. This is a great way to help the thousands of children who wait in foster care for years.
How to Prepare for Respite
Sometimes foster parents just need a break and respite can be a great option. Find tips on how to prepare for respite weekends for foster children.
What Are the Five Love Languages?
Utilizing the five love languages may be a wonderful way to build attachment and bonding within your newly adoptive or foster family.
Child Discipline Techniques for Foster or...
Learn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.
How Do I Obtain My Non-identifying Information...
A very important first step in an adoption search towards is to access your non-identifying information from your adoption records. How each State handles adoption records varies. Learn how your State handles this very important information.
What Is Foster and Adoptive Parent Training...
Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.
Breastfeeding Information for Adoptive Mothers...
Information on adoptive breastfeeding to not only help educate, but to help make an important decision on whether or not to pursue preparing to breastfeed an adopted child.
How to Find Someone
Many are interested in how to find someone separated by adoption and foster care. Here are a few resources to help find someone.
What Is PS-MAPP Foster Parent Training Class?
PS-MAPP is just one foster parent training curriculum utilized by foster agencies to help prepare families for working with foster children and birth families.
How Many U.S. Children Have Gay Parents?
How many children are being raised by gay parents? Read up on interesting gay parenting statistics in the United States.
Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Things to...
They may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?
How Does Providing Foster Care Affect Children...
When deciding on whether or not to become a foster parent, it's important to consider the impact foster children will have on your home and children.
9 Great Adoption Gifts
What would make a great adoption gift for someone who is an adoptive or foster parent? How about a birth parent? Try some of these ideas when needing the perfect adoption gift! Great ideas for adoption gifts for National Adoption Month, Mother's Day or Father's Day!
The Challenges of Being a Foster Parent
Thoughts on how foster care can be challenging including links to more resources on how to deal with the challenges.
How to Know When a Child Is Not a Good Adoption...
Points when considering if a child is the right child for your family. Tips on how to tell if an adoption match is not the right fit.
What Is an Adoption Subsidy?
What is an adoption subsidy? How is it determined if a child qualifies for adoption assistance?
Top 8 Foster Care Adoption Blogs
My top picks of family foster care blogs. Find families who do foster care adoption as well as straight family foster care. Bloggers include lesbian and gay foster parent to foster dads to foster parents of gay teens. This is a diverse group with knowledge to share.
Completing an Adoption from China
A quick walk through about the Chinese adoption requirements, which are laid out as well as information on the needed adoption paperwork.
What Is an Adoptive Mother?
Who are adoptive mothers? What traits do they possess? What does it take to be an adoptive mother?
Adoption Grants and Loans May Help with the...
The cost of adoption can scare many prospective adoptive parents away. Here is a guide to organizations that offer adoption grants and loans to families.
Non-identifying Information
What is non-identifying information? Why is it important part of adoption records? Can I access my adoption records in order to gain my non-identifying information?
Using the Wrong Products
Using the right products on African American hair is very important as it needs special care.
Teaching Foster or Adopted Children How to...
It's important that we teach our foster or adoptive child how to answer questions that school children can ask about being adopted or in foster care. It's also important for the kids to know how to keep things private and not to tell too much information at school. Prepare for back to school with the use of cover stories and knowing how to answer the hard questions that some school children can ask.
7 Fun Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year...
The Chinese New Year is a great holiday to choose to celebrate Chinese culture with your child. Here are few fun ways to bring a bit of fun and culture into your home through the festivities of the Chinese New Year.
Understanding Grief and Loss in Children
Children in adoption or foster care, experience the grief and loss of their birth families and much more. Learn more about the grief and loss of foster or adopted children.
How to Better Understand the Profiles of...
Learn more about the different needs of children waiting for an adoptive home. Are these needs you can help meet for a child?
Unwed Fathers: How to Prevent Your Child's...
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process.
Before You Start the Adoption Process
Before you take the first steps into the adoption process you may want to understand a bit of the adoption lingo that you will hear. What is an adoption homestudy? What is a dossier? How should I choose my adoption agency? There is a lot to consider when diving into the adoption process of an international or domestic adoption.
How to Become a Foster Parent
While each state is different in the trainings offered and requirements mandated for foster homes, the starting point is basic enough that we can come up with a quick list of steps to take toward becoming a foster parent.
10 Different Ways to Show Words of Affirmation...
Learn different ways to help a child feel loved through the words of affirmation love language.
Understanding Each Role within a Foster Care...
A brief description of each main role within a foster care agency and how foster parent scan best work with each staff member.
What Is a Safety Plan?
What is a safety plan and why are they used within foster homes?
CASA Volunteers Advocate for Children
CASA volunteers or court appointed special advocates, speak out for children. These volunteers are everyday citizens who take time to advocate for children in court.
An Adoption Poem - Today Is Her Birthday
Poem about a birthmother on her placed child's birthday.
Book Review: The Lost Boy
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer review
First Few Weeks Home with a New Adopted Child
The first few weeks with a new foster or adopted child is very stressful. Here are few topics to focus on first.
What Is Respite Foster Care?
Learn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.
What to Teach Your Child to Prepare Them for a...
How to prepare your children for foster care as well as welcome new foster and adopted children into your family.
Establishing Yourself as a Parent
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help. Page 2.
One Birth Mother's Open Adoption Story
This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation.
Why Choose an Open Adoption?
While it can be a tricky arrangement, an open adoption is often in the child's best interest. Here are a few pros and cons to choosing an open adoption.
Meeting Your New Foster Child
Learn some tips on how to handle the first meeting and day one with your new foster child.
What Does It Mean to Foster a Child?
Fostering a child brings about heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the foster home.
Amended Birth Certificate
What is the difference between an amended birth certificate and an original birth certificate?
Am I Ready to Be a Parent Through Adoption?
Deciding to become a parent is a huge decision. Is adoption a good way for you to become a parent? Who should choose adoption? Should you adopt a baby internationally or Domestically? There are many questions to consider and choices to make in the world of adoption.
What Are the Steps to Family Reunification...
Social workers develop a plan to help families reunify. Learn the basics to a family reunification plan for children in the foster care system.
Why Reflecting and Paraphrasing Are Important...
Further explanation of two different communication skills that foster or adoptive parents may utilize within their homes.
Is Foster Care for You?
Before jumping into foster care, most foster parents spend two or three years just thinking about it. Here are a few points to consider before making the final decision on whether or not to become foster parents.
New Articles for April 2014
Suggested Reading/New Articles and Features: Lifebooks 101 - Everything You Need to Know About Lifebooks and Your Child How to Know When to End a Foster
Considering Interracial Adoption
Is an interracial adoption for you and your family? What are some things to consider before making your final decision on an interracial adoption?
Book Review: The 5 Love Languages
Utilizing the 5 love languages developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, may be a wonderful way to build attachment and bonding within your newly adoptive or foster family. Learn some parenting ideas that fulfill the 5 love languages.
Black Hairstyles for Foster or Adopted Children
When I provided respite foster care for my best friend's foster children, I was completely intimidated by the upkeep of their black hairstyles. Find easy and less intimidating black hairstyles for your foster or adopted children.
How to Explain a Move to a Child in Foster Care
One of the hardest tasks as a foster parent is to tell a child in foster care that he is moving to a new foster home. Learn a few tips to help you with this emotional task.
10 Steps to Creating a Lifebook for Your Foster...
How to create a lifebook for your child.
Steps to a Step Parent Adoption
Learn the basic steps to completing a step parent adoption. Contacting an adoption lawyer is a good first step as each State handles step parent adoptions differently.
An Adoption Poem - The Promise
A birth mother shares feelings through an adoption poem written for her two sons that were adopted 11 years ago.
Adoption Poems for Children
Adoption poems that may be more appropriate for children.
First Few Weeks Home with a New Foster Child
One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive
Comparing the Pros and Cons of Domestic and...
Deciding between an international adoption or a domestic adoption is a big decision. What are the pros and cons of an international or a domestic adoption?
Single Woman Adoption Requirements for China
China has a new policy for a single woman adoption program. This program focuses on matching special needs children with single woman. Learn more about single woman adoption.
Kara's Adoption Reunion Story
Adoption reunions are not always a happy time. Sometimes birth family doesn't want to meet the adoptee. Sometimes an adoptee has no where else to turn.
Learn How to Be a Great Foster Parent in 5 Weeks
Five weeks of lessons to help sharpen your foster parenting skills. Topics include working as a part of a professional team in case plans, helping family reunification, understanding the grieving foster child, discipline, culture, and lifebooks.
Foster Family Gift Ideas
Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.
Before You Go About Finding Biological Parents...
What are some things to consider before finding biological parents through an adoption search and reunion? I asked our adoption forum for some ideas on adoption reunion and this is what they had to say about finding biological parents.
How to Set Up a Closet & Bedroom for an...
Learn how to prepare for foster parenting or adoptive parenting.
Is it Time to Change Your Foster Care Agency or...
Thoughts on when it may be time to change your foster care or adoption agency.
One Birthmother's Open Adoption Story
This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation. Page 2.
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted...
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted into the United States?
Before You Try to Find the Child Placed for...
What are some things to consider before trying to find your placed child for an adoption reunion? I asked our adoption forum for some ideas on adoption reunion and this is what they had to say about trying to find the adopted child.
Legally Free
What Does it Mean When a Child Is Legally Free for Adoption? A definition for the adoption term, legally free for adoption.
The Cottage
A woman shares some experiences from when she lived in a group home for teens.
What Is the Hague Convention on Intercountry...
What is the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption and how does it protect children? How does the Hague Convention affect the adoption process?
Age, Sex, Needs...
Are you exploring adoption? Should you consider an baby adoption? What special needs can you meet? What age or sex will best fit into your family? Explore you adoption options here.
What Is the Adoption and Safe Families Act?
Information and goals of The Adoption and Safe Families Act(ASFA). PL 105-89, strengthened and enhanced the goals of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980.
Biological Parent
Learn the quick definition of the word biological parent.
Build on the Love Language Quality Time with...
Quality Time is one of the 5 Languages of Love by Dr. Gary Chapman.
Can I Breastfeed My Adopted Baby?
It may be surprising, but an adoptive mother can breastfeed an adopted child. Learn more about adoptive breastfeeding.
What Is the Foster Care System?
What is the foster care system and what does it mean when a child enters the system?
Reading Profiles of Waiting Children - Child...
Reading the profiles of a waiting child is one of the first steps toward being matched in a foster care adoption. Learn more about the child behavioral and emotional needs of the children who are waiting for homes.
Adoptive Parents
A definition of the term adoptive parent.
Child Abuse Risk Factors
What are the common causes or risk factors of child abuse? Why would anyone abuse his/her own child?
How to Write a Court Report
Foster parents often have important information that needs to be shared with the court system. Writing a court report may be scary, but an important task as a foster parent.
How to Comb and Detangle Your African American...
African American hair needs special care. Learn how to properly comb African American hair.
Adoption Poems for Adoptive Parents
Adoption poems about adoptive parents, mostly written while waiting for an adoption finalization or waiting for an adoption referral.
What to Expect During a First Meeting with a...
Learn what to expect when going to a first visit with a child you hope to adopt.
What Does the Term 'Aging Out' Mean?
: The term 'aging out' is often used to refer to children within the state foster care system who are
Domestic Public Agency Adoptions
A breakdown of the different costs associated with a domestic public agency adoption.
To Add a Child or Not to Add a Child - Timing...
Foster and adoptive parents need to discuss many factors before deciding if it is the right time to add a child to the family. A time of many transitions may signal that it is the wrong time for a family.
Adoption Motivation
How to take the motivation to adopt and make a decision for you and your family.
Domestic Adoption Costs
The costs involved with completing a domestic adoption.
14 Ways to Focus on Culture
Fourteen great ways to help your internationally or interracially adopted or foster child stay connected to his/her country of origin or culture.
An Adoption Poem - On the Wings of a Prayer
An adoption poem written by a mother who lost the custody of her two children to grandparents who have agreed to an open adoption.
10 Things to Do to Help Find Family Separated...
I asked the adoption search angels here on About.com on what they would tell a searcher to do when trying to find family separated by adoption. They were all very clear on the first steps and had specific advice for those searching. Here are some things you can do first to find family members.
Cultural Bedtime Stories for Interracial...
Culture stories to read to your children at bedtime for a time of bonding and learning about different cultures. Find several options for culture stories that would make great bedtime stories for children.
Foster Care Medication Printable Worksheet
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 5.
An Adoption Poem - A Mother's Love
Tom Fisher shares another adoption Poem.
Adoption Agency
There are different types of adoption agencies, but all have to be licensed to operate.
Adoptee Adoption Poems
Find a listing of various adoption poems, written by those who have been adopted.
Parenting Toddlers or Babies May Be for Your...
The little ones are very cute, but where are a few things to consider before deciding to foster or adopt a toddler or baby.
An Adoption Poem - The Right Choice for a Baby...
A teen mom who chose adoption for her baby, shares an adoption poem that she wrote.
African American Hair and Ponytails
Pig tails or ponytails are cute, but can cause damage to African American Hair. Learn a few quick tips to keep your child's african american hair looking great.
Happy Adoption Reunion Story
One woman's journey to locate her birth family brings many surprises and answers to questions. Having been raised as an only child in her adoptive home, she is pleased to find siblings and a large family.
Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption Poems
Foster care adoption poems specifically for foster care adoption situations.
Dr. Seuss Books for Foster and Adoptive Families
A fun listing of Dr. Seuss books that may appeal to foster and adoptive parents.
Top Adoption Jewelry
Top adoption jewelry can be found on-line for quick adoption gifts. These items make wonderful adoption gifts for the holidays or National Adoption Month, or for your family's special adoption day.
What Is an Adoption Tax Credit?
What does it mean to qualify for an adoption tax credit? How much is an adoption tax credit?
What Is an Adoption Search Angel?
Learn more about how to become an Adoption Search Angel and what to expect from utilizing a volunteer. Also find an available listing of search angels.
Searching for Birth Parents and the Adoptive...
So, your child is searching for birth parents. Should an adoption reunion always be bad news for adoptive parents? Some adoptees and birth parents feel that adoptive parents have no place in an adoption reunion. How would you feel if your child was searching for birth parents?
Respite Foster Care Printable Worksheet
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 6.
Which States Have Open Adoption Records?
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway and The American Adoption Congress only a few States offer open adoption records. Do you live in a State with open adoption records?
Safety Plan Printable Worksheet
Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 7.
What is an Adoption Search Angel?
How to get started searching with an Adoption Search Angel. Check to see if there is a free adoption search angel available in your area of search.

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