adoption is the legal and emotional acceptance into your family of a child not born to you. The child will have your name and the same legal rights as a child by birth.

Secondary Infertility - Problems Getting Pregnant Again

Even mothers who have conceived before can have trouble becoming pregnant again or carrying a baby to full term. Doctors refer to this common condition as "secondary infertility." ... read more »

Legal Issues With Same Sex Couples and Adoption

Adoption was unknown at common law and therefore in the United States it required statutory authorization.  The first adoption statute was not enacted until 1851, in Massachusetts. ... read more »

Second Parent Adoption

According to law, states have the right to honor or deny second parent adoption. The law was passed to allow a second parent to adopt a child without removing legal parental rights from the first parent. Not all states, in the United States, honor second-parent adoptions. ... read more »

Maternity Leave When Adopting

State laws and employer policies differ from one state to the next when you adopt a baby. ... read more »

58-YO Woman To Give Birth to Daughter’s Daughter

Fifty-eight-year-old Julia Navarro of Provo, Utah, is about to become a grandmother for the first time. ... read more »

When to Work With an Adoption Agency

Before seeking adoption there are various considerations that need to be discussed between couples and with other children in the household, if applicable. ... read more »

The Contractual Concerns of Surrogacy

Each state has its own laws governing marriage and children, including laws that address surrogacy in very fine detail. ... read more »

Giuliana and Bill Finally Pregnant!

Remember Giuliana and Bill Rancic? The pair has become the poster duo for fertility and women's health issues, from IVF to breast cancer, as a result of sharing their struggles on their reality show ... read more »

Early Childhood Neglect Changes Brain Size and Function

A Harvard professor of pediatrics says, 'neglect is awful for the brain'and that without affection, attention, and stimulation from a trustedsource, 'the wiring of the brain goes awry.' ... read more »

Embryo Adoption Adds New Twist to Adopting a Child

The terms embryo adoption and embryo donation are often used interchangeably but some state laws attach specific definitions to them and require state-sanctioned regulations and uses. ... read more »

Can Adoptive Mothers Breastfeed?

Adopting a child is a beautiful and selfless thing to do. Whether you have adopted to help a child in need or to fulfill your dreams to be a mother despite an inability to bear a child of your own, there are countless benefits to adopting. ... read more »

Trying to Get Pregnant But Having Trouble

Trying to get pregnant but having trouble? When infertility problems leave a couple without the ability to conceive a child of their own, there are options for parenthood that will bring that little joy home. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Department of Children and Families

In keeping with my new decision to approach getting pregnant more naturally this year before going the IVF route next year if it became necessary, I was also keeping up with my other thought of pursuing adoption again. ... read more »

Can I Breastfeed My Adopted Child?

One of the best means of feeding baby is through breastfeeding, but adoptive mothers can’t breastfeed if they haven’t carrying the baby for the pregnancy – or can they? ... read more »