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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.
Check Out This Book About a Young Boy's...
One of the worst child abuse cases in California's history came to an end on March 5, 1973 when Dave
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.
What Is the Salary for Providing Foster Care?
A quick overview on the perspective of the foster care subsidy as salary.
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?
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?
5 Reasons to Adopt a Child
Thoughts on when adopting a child is a good idea.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adoption Poems Written by Members of the...
A listing of several poems relating to the topic of adoption written by readers.
What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...
Areas that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.
Georgia Adoption
Information on Georgia adoption. Lean the requirements and contact information to complete a Georgia adoption.
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?
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.
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.
6 Things Gay Couples Should Know About Adoption
Gay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.
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
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 Are the Differences Between Foster Care...
Understanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster care.
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.
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.
Confidential Intermediary
Adoption searches sometimes require the use of a Confidential Intermediary (CI). What is a CI?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Child Discipline Techniques for Foster or...
Learn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.
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.
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.
What Is an Adoption Subsidy?
What is an adoption subsidy? How is it determined if a child qualifies for adoption assistance?
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.
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.
Book Review: The Lost Boy
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer review
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Foster and Adoptive Parent Training...
Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.
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.
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.
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.
Using the Wrong Products
Using the right products on African American hair is very important as it needs special care.
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.
Foster Children and Celebrating Birthdays
Celebrating birthdays is something most children look forward too, foster children are no different. Here are a few tips on helping a foster child celebrate his birthday.
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?
Why Reflecting and Paraphrasing Are Important...
Further explanation of two different communication skills that foster or adoptive parents may utilize within their homes.
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.
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.
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.
Can I Breastfeed My Adopted Baby?
It may be surprising, but an adoptive mother can breastfeed an adopted child. Learn more about adoptive breastfeeding.
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.
How to Create a Safety Plan
How to create a safety plan when children have unsafe behaviors within your home.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Children's Book Review: Nikolai, the Only Bear
A beautiful book about a Russian adoption through the eyes of a teddy bear.
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.
Meeting Your New Foster Child
Learn some tips on how to handle the first meeting and day one with your new foster child.
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.
Steps to Completing a Domestic Child Adoption
The very basics steps needed toward completing a domestic child adoption. Adopting a child is a huge step. Get information that you need to formulate your adoption questions and gain answers about a child adoption.
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.
Build on the Love Language Quality Time with...
Quality Time is one of the 5 Languages of Love by Dr. Gary Chapman.
Adoption Poems for Adoptive Parents
Adoption poems about adoptive parents, mostly written while waiting for an adoption finalization or waiting for an adoption referral.
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?
Foster Care Basics
The basic questions regarding foster care and the foster care system are answered.
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.
Top Adoption Ornaments
Adoption ornaments make great adoption gifts. Select one of these fine adoption ornaments that work with any adoption, or personalize one for your adoption story.
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.
All About Adoption Month
Everything you wanted to know about November's month long celebration that is National Adoption Month. Find day by day activities in our calendar, the history of the Month as well as the current Presidential Proclamation.
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.
Build a Good Relationship with Your Foster Care...
Ideas from past experiences as myself and my foster parent friends have tried to build working partnerships with our case workers. Ideas for case workers and foster parents to build working relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted...
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted into the United States?
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.
A School-aged Child May Be Right for Your...
Parenting a school-aged child has its pros and cons. Here are a list of things to consider before choosing to parent a school-aged foster or adopted child.
10 Different Ways to Show Words of Affirmation...
Learn different ways to help a child feel loved through the words of affirmation love language.
How to Comb and Detangle Your African American...
African American hair needs special care. Learn how to properly comb African American hair.
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?
21 Foster Parenting Truths
A veteran foster parent shares some truths that he has come to accept after doing foster care for 17 years.
How to Start the International Adoption Process?
When choosing to complete an international adoption, you must first do some research on the country you are interested in adopting from. Some things to consider may include: travel, length of the wait to adopt, and cost involved with the particular country.You will also need to know whether the country is a party to the Hague Convention or not, as this involves some differences in the international adoption process.
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.
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.
How Will Fostering a Child Impact My Daily Life?
You may be very excited to become a foster parent, but remember there will be changes to your daily life once you begin fostering a child.
What Is Induced Lactation?
If an adoptive mother is interested in breastfeeding her baby she will need to induce lactation. Learn more with this article.
Domestic Private Agency Adoptions
A breakdown of the costs associated with completing a domestic private agency adoption.
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.
Before You Celebrate the Holidays with Your...
Here are 8 ideas of things to get done with your foster children before Christmas gets here.
What to Look for in Adoption Agencies
What should you look for in good adoption agencies? What things should you look out for? Read the experiences of birth and adoptive parents who have worked with both good and bad adoption agencies.
Celebrating National Adoption Month with Day by...
Day by day activities to celebrate your adoption story this Adoption Month. 30 day by day activities and ideas for you and your family's National Adoption Month celebration.
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.
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
An Adoption Poem - A Mother's Love
Tom Fisher shares another adoption Poem.
Creative Family Trees - Page 1 - for families...
Age-specific ways to help our children visualize and express the diversity of their families. Great for adoptive and foster families, and teachers.
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.
Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption Poems
Foster care adoption poems specifically for foster care adoption situations.
What Is Respite Foster Care?
Learn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.
What Is an Adoptive Mother?
Who are adoptive mothers? What traits do they possess? What does it take to be an adoptive mother?
How to Set Up a Closet & Bedroom for an...
Learn how to prepare for foster parenting or adoptive parenting.
What Is a Safety Plan?
What is a safety plan and why are they used within foster homes?
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.
10 Steps to Creating a Lifebook for Your Foster...
How to create a lifebook for your child.
Domestic Adoption Costs
The costs involved with completing a domestic adoption.
Book Review: Red Thread Sisters
A young adoptee from China promises to find an adoptive family for her best friend who has been left behind in an orphanage.
How Foster Parents Impact the Life of a Foster...
Learn how foster parents can trigger positive and negative feelings in foster children.
Special Needs Children
A definition of what it means when a child or infant is termed special needs. There are many special needs children waiting for an adoptive home.
10 Surefire Ways to Destroy a Perfectly Good...
If we don't do our best and be good partners in fostering, foster care can hurt a marriage. A tongue-in-cheek top ten list for all foster parents.
Who Can Adopt?
Are you eligible to adopt? Find answers about whether you are able to adopt.
Reluctant to Be a Dad
Some men are afraid to become an adoptive or foster parent. How to help your man ease into fatherhood.
Deciding if Adoption Is the Right Choice for...
When considering adoption for a gay family, there seems to be even more decisions to make and options to keep in mind. A gay prospective adoptive parent must not only work through the adoption process, but also know what choices are available in their state or country regarding adding to a gay family through adoption.
Discounted Airfare for Adoption Travel
Do research before purchasing airfares offered through adoption fare programs to make sure that they are the best deal for international adoption travelers.
Landmark Cases in Adoption Law
Eleven different court cases that have changed adoption law over the years. The following are the most persuasive adoption law cases that have affected courts across the nation.
Foster Family Gift Ideas
Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.
Adoption Glossary
Adoption Glossary on About.com that features many adoption related words and terms that are commonly used within the adoption and foster care system.
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.
The Cottage
A woman shares some experiences from when she lived in a group home for teens.
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.
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.
Interviewing an Adoption Professional
Mardie Caldwell, guest contributor on About Adoption & Foster Care, offers sample questions and tips on keeping track of information as adoptive parents work towards adding to their families.
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.
An Adoption Poem - Two Families
Amanda, an adoptee from Taiwan, wrote the following adoption poem when she was nine years old, just after meeting her birth mother for the first time.
How to Know When an Adoption Match Is Right for...
Once you meet a child that has been matched to your family, it's time to decide whether or not this is the right adoption match for your family. Here are a few ways to cut through the doubts and see that the child is right for you.
Adoption Poems for Children
Adoption poems that may be more appropriate for children.
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