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Adoption / Foster Care: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
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?
What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...
Areas that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.
What Is the Salary for Providing Foster Care?
A quick overview on the perspective of the foster care subsidy as salary.
12 Common Reasons Children Enter Foster Care
There are a number of reasons that bring children into the foster care system.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
6 Things Gay Couples Should Know About Adoption
Gay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.
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.
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.
Adoption Poems Written by Members of the...
A listing of several poems relating to the topic of adoption written by readers.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
Mulligan Family Opens Up About Their Russian...
After the Mulligans were interviewed on 20/20 regarding their difficult journey as adoptive parents to three Russian children, many had more questions. I got to speak to the family for 3 hours and the Mulligans cleared up some misconceptions about them, their children and Russian adoption.
Using the Wrong Products
Using the right products on African American hair is very important as it needs special 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Are the Differences Between Foster Care...
Understanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster 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.
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 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.
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.
How to Set Up a Closet & Bedroom for an...
Learn how to prepare for foster parenting or adoptive parenting.
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.
The Importance of Listening to Your Children...
How to better listen to your children about adding to your family, whether through foster care or adoption and taking action on your child's concerns when needed.
10 Different Ways to Show Words of Affirmation...
Learn different ways to help a child feel loved through the words of affirmation love language.
What Is an Adoption Subsidy?
What is an adoption subsidy? How is it determined if a child qualifies for adoption assistance?
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Build on the Love Language Quality Time with...
Quality Time is one of the 5 Languages of Love by Dr. Gary Chapman.
Should You Take a Foster Child with You on...
Plan a needed break this summer with a family vacation, but should foster children go with you? Consider these points when deciding whether to include a foster child in your family vacation plans this summer.
Week 4: Strong Foster Families Know When to Stop
Are you done providing foster care or do you just need a break? Explore different options as you continue to become a strong foster family.
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.
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.
What Is Foster and Adoptive Parent Training...
Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.
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.
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.
Confidential Intermediary
Adoption searches sometimes require the use of a Confidential Intermediary (CI). What is a CI?
Meeting Your New Foster Child
Learn some tips on how to handle the first meeting and day one with your new foster child.
20/20's "From Russia With Love — Dealing...
Soon after bringing home two sisters and a little boy from Russia, the Mulligan family sought help and 20/20 was there documenting their efforts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Does the Term “Best Interests of the...
: What Does the Term “Best Interests of the Child” Mean? We have heard the term numerous times, especially
How to Create a Safety Plan
How to create a safety plan when children have unsafe behaviors within your home.
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.
Lifebook
Definition for lifebooks and how they can benefit the adopted or foster child. Lifebook are very beneficial to adopted or foster children.
10 Things to Do Before Sending a Foster or...
Are you ready to send your foster children back to school? Do you know how to enroll a foster child into school? While every school is different the same information is needed. Are there other things to consider in getting ready to start a new school?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amended Birth Certificate
What is the difference between an amended birth certificate and an original birth certificate?
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 Comb and Detangle Your African American...
African American hair needs special care. Learn how to properly comb African American hair.
Before You Perform Black Hair Care on Your...
As with many other things in life there are myths and out-of-date information regarding black hair care. As foster or adoptive parents, it's important that we try our best to stay up-to-date with the best discipline methods, parenting techniques, and cultural competency. Part of our being culturally competent is knowing how to properly perform black hair care.
10 Steps to Creating a Lifebook for Your Foster...
How to create a lifebook for your child.
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?
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.
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?
What Is a State Adoption Registry?
Many States utilize a State adoption registry, that both the adoptee and the birth family must register with stating whether or not they are interested in an adoption reunion.
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 Is an Adoptive Mother?
Who are adoptive mothers? What traits do they possess? What does it take to be an adoptive mother?
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.
What Is a Safety Plan?
What is a safety plan and why are they used within foster homes?
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
Legally Free
What Does it Mean When a Child Is Legally Free for Adoption? A definition for the adoption term, legally free for adoption.
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted...
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted into the United States?
Best Ideas on How to Complete a Lifebook for...
Ideas on what to include and how to balance the good and the bad for your foster or adopted child's lifebook.
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.
Foster Family Gift Ideas
Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.
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.
Fun Things to Do With Children's Adoption Books
Reading adoption books can become more fun with activities and recipes that go along with the story. Add more fun to your reading time with these crafts and recipes. Adoption books, crafts, and food can help a child learn about his/her culture.
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.
Beat the Summer African American Hair Blues
Mahisha Dellinger, founder of Curls, gives basic steps to great looking African American Hair during the summer.
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.
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.
Things to Do This Summer for Your Foster or...
Ideas for things to do to help keep your foster or adoptive kids busy during breaks from school. These fun activities may save your sanity and give kids things to do this Summer.
What Is Respite Foster Care?
Learn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.
Reluctant to Be a Dad
Some men are afraid to become an adoptive or foster parent. How to help your man ease into fatherhood.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
Adoption Search Angel Listing for the United...
A listing of the About.com Adoption Search Angels. These volunteers help find members of family separated by adoption.
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.
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.
An Adoption Poem - A Mother's Love
Tom Fisher shares another adoption Poem.
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.
What Options Are Available for Gay and Lesbian...
What options are available for gay and lesbian adoptions? Learn about the different type of gay and lesbian adoptions that can help build a gay family.
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.
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?
Book Review: The Lost Boy
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer review
Colorado
Information on how to adopt from the State of Colorado. Check out pictures of waiting children in Colorado.
When Foster Parents First Meet Birth Family
Fostering connections with the birth family is extremely important to family reunification. Find ideas to help form a bond between foster parents and birth family.
Oscar's Adoption Connection Quiz
Test your Oscar knowledge.: adoption connection quiz index oscar winners score
What to Do If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused
Learn how to determine if you need to report an incidence of child physical or sexual abuse and what information is needed to report child abuse.
Adoption Poems for Children
Adoption poems that may be more appropriate for children.
Is Adoption a Choice for Your Unborn Child?
What are the reasons for and against placing a child for adoption? Things to think about for both the expectant/unwed mother and expectant/unwed father.
Child Abuse Risk Factors
What are the common causes or risk factors of child abuse? Why would anyone abuse his/her own child?
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.
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.
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.
21 Foster Parenting Truths
A veteran foster parent shares some truths that he has come to accept after doing foster care for 17 years.
Adoption Baby Shower Word Scramble
By taking a bit of creative license and adding in adoption themed words, we can re-create an appropriate adoption baby shower game. Choose 10 or so words related to babies, toddlers, or adoption and scramble the letters to create a fun adoption baby shower game.
Foster Care and Adoption Magazines
Looking to further your adoption education? How about subscribing to a magazine that focuses on adoption or foster care issues? There are several to choose from...some even for the kids.
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.
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.
Review of ABC's Find My Family
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Tangled Heart Necklace
A beautiful necklace that would make a great gift for any member of the adoption triad. The net proceeds go to a charity that supports children who age out of the foster care system. The fund is administered by the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA).
An Adoption Poem - The Two Women
An adoptive parent has written about the love two women have for a child.
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