Adoption brings a child born to other parents into a new family. Birth parents have a number of reasons for placing children for adoption. Overall, they want better lives for their children than they think they can give them.
Children who are eligible for adoption come from many different settings. Some are in foster care, a temporary home setting. Other children live in orphanages or with birth relatives until they can be adopted.
There are different kinds of adoption. Children may be adopted by a relative or a new family. Some parents adopt children from the U.S, and some adopt from abroad.
- Are You Pregnant and Thinking about Adoption? (Children's Bureau) - PDF
- Brief Introduction to Hepatitis B for Parents of Adopted Children (Immunization Action Coalition) - PDF
- Foster or Adopted Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Inducing Lactation: Breastfeeding for Adoptive Moms (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Medical Issues in Adoption (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents (Children's Bureau) - PDF
- When to Tell Your Child About Adoption (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- Internationally Adopted Children: Important Information for Parents (American Academy of Pediatrics) - PDF
- Travelers' Health: International Adoption (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Indigenous Australian children and the impact of adoption legislation in New...
- Article: Promoting trauma-informed parenting of children in out-of-home care: An effectiveness study...
- Article: Predictors of parenting intentions among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adults.
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- Parenting Your Adopted Teenager (Children's Bureau) - PDF