family stories photosQ & A with Dale and Raquel

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Openness pdf
Relationships with your child’s birthparents, like all relationships, may change over time. There may have been frequent initial contact and the response may have tapered off...

Sharing Information with Your Kids pdf
Sharing your child’s difficult personal history with them can seem very challenging. Questions such as “how do I bring a difficult topic up?” or “how old should my child be before we discuss this?”...

Lifebooks pdf
You may recall hearing about Lifebooks as part of the Waiting Parent’s workshops series here at Adoption Choices. The idea of creating a book for a child that had not yet become...

School pdf
Fall brings shorter days, football, Halloween and school work. Some assignments can bring stress and tears to any child (and his/her parents!), but there are certain assignments...

Responding to Insensitive Comments pdf
“Well, now that you’ve adopted, I’m sure you’ll get pregnant!”
“Are you ever worried that his/her real mother will take him back?”...

Responding to Insensitive Comments Regarding Transracial and Transcultural Adoptions pdf
We’ve discussed some of the insensitive comments adoptive parents hear from other people
about families formed by adoption. These comments can be even more common and feel even...


Family Traits pdf
It’s a family gathering, possibly a reunion or a holiday. Maybe there are some group photos taken. And then...the talk turns to family resemblances. “Isn’t it amazing how Johnny looks just like...

Making the Decision to Adopt Again pdf
How do you know you’re ready? Deciding on the right size for your family is an intensely personal decision based on a number of factors...

Foster Families pdf
Our question this month is “What do I need to know before volunteering to become a foster parent for Adoption Choices?”


Recommended Children's Books About Adoption pdf
Here are some of our recommendations for Children’s books about adoption.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Parents Knew pdf
Ideas borrowed from Sherrie Eldridge’s book (no relation to Dale) and modified by Raquel and Dale...

Ten Things Birth Parents Wish Adoptive Parents Knew pdf

  1. Please do not feel threatened by me – I want you to parent my child because I cannot at this point in my life.
  2. Please tell your child all about me. If you have my picture, please put it in their Lifebook...

Personal Stories

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Worth the Wait by Stephanie pdf
Each morning this week, I have been woken up by my scary baby dreams well before my alarm has sounded...

And Baby Makes Four by Ellen pdf
And so, there we were-a family of three. Two formerly inert adults and one extremely active, young child named Lisa who alternately exhausted and amused us...

Excited As the Sun by Gail pdf
I’m sure that any of us who’ve adopted a child can remember in vivid detail the story of that child’s arrival. Our daughter is almost 9 and I remember it as if it were yesterday...

A Way to Build Our Family by Christine pdf
Conrad and I adopted our twins Rachel and Caroline at birth over 6 years ago. When we were searching for an adoption agency 7 years ago, there were... 

They Keep You Young by Annette pdf
My husband and I were married almost 11 years ago at the young age of 35 and 40 years (me being 40 of course!). We wanted a little marital bliss so we waited a good three months before trying to conceive a child...

A New Grandchild by Katie's Grandpa pdf
I remember how excited my daughter and her husband were when they told me they were planning to adopt a baby.  My feelings and those of my wife Helen were a bit more complicated...

Chloe My daughter Chloe is 16 months old, and I may have met my match. She is determined, focused and strong...



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– The Rathbun Family

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– The Lush Family


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