Parenting an Adopted Child

Long after the adoption process is complete, the lives of parents and their children continue to be shaped. Many adoptive families encounter unique experiences of talking about adoption, managing birth parent relationships, and helping their children build confidence and pride in their adoption stories.

The articles below address some of the joys and challenges specific to parenting an adopted child. Find suggestions for telling your child's adoption story, remembering birth parents, addressing racial differences and cultural identity, and more.

When to Tell Your Child About His or Her Adoption

Adoption continues to shape the lives of adopted children and their parents well past placement, and it is important to embrace adoption as part of your parenting strategy.

Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby

More and more adoptive mothers are interested in the possibility of adoptive breastfeeding, and with some preparation and dedication, it can be a rewarding experience for new moms and their babies.

Talking to Your Child About His or Her Birth Parents

Your child’s birth parents are a major part of his or her adoption story, and it is important to talk with your child about them openly, honestly and positively

Raising Both Adopted and Biological Children

If you are raising biological and adopted children in your home, you may wonder how to meet each child’s unique needs while making them all feel equally loved and welcome in your family.

Difference Between Parenting an Adopted and Biological Child

In many ways, parenting an adopted child is not at all different from parenting a biological child. However, adoption is a unique experience with a lifelong impact on adopted people and their families, and adoption will shape some of your parenting experiences.

Raising a Child of a Different Race

Like any other adoption, transracial adoption is a lifelong journey, complete with its own set of unique joys and challenges.


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  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.

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