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The Library is a site devoted to articles and stories related to the various sides of adoption and foster parenting. Many of the stories and articles you'll find here are written by members of the triad who want to share their experiences with others.

You will also find information on celebrities who have or are adopted, adoption laws for each state and a comprehensive glossary of adoption terminology, used in the Library as well as throughout the adoption community. The library has something for everyone, from stories about search and reunion to first-hand accounts of successful open adoptions, from the perspective of the birth parent, adoptee and adoptive parent.

Browse Adoption Library articles by selecting a topic below or jump to other adoption reference materials. You can also share your adoption stories.

Featured Articles

Overcoming Inertia
One of the best things about finding faith is how it changes perspective. Something formerly regarded as causeless is suddenly appreciated for its purpose. Circumstances and coincidences become designs and plans. Mistakes are seen as… not. I was intended to live and my life was never a mistake. This is an important fact for an adoptee to...

6 Ways to Support to a Birthmother
1. Accept the Loss as a Loss There is this passage in The Girls Who Went Away, by Ann Fessler, where the mother describes losing her daughter to cancer at age sixteen. She confesses that it felt incredibly similar to the loss of her infant from years before, except that no one ever acknowledged the loss she felt and endured when she relinquished...

She Needs to Know
I was heavily into ‘lay-ministry’, spending mornings teaching at the Christian school, afternoons and evenings in planning, teaching or working with others in my church’s music department. I loved my work and was excited about every aspect of it. But a gnawing began to grow. I thought I’d lain this to rest. I...

Preparing Your Hospital Birth Plan
For a birthmother, the time in the hospital is the most integral part of the adoption planning process. Agencies will advise a mother who has chosen adoption to make a plan on what she intends to get out of the hospital, and what she wants before the relinquishment papers are signed. However, this process can be a great way for a woman...

Adoption Photolisting

Featured Virginia Children from The Photolisting
Majayden (Virginia / 5 / M)
This happy, energetic little guy who loves to smile is five year old Majayden! He has an engaging personality and loves the attention of others. Majayden takes pride in his appearance and when given a compliment, his smile is even... [more]

Community Discussions

Community Discussions
Love Language
October 22, 2013, 4:19 pm
Have you ever heard of the five love languages? I was having a conversation with one of my friends the other day and I was talking to her...
Feeling Abandoned
January 13, 2014, 9:12 pm
I often wonder if my kids do or will eventually feel abandoned.  Many books and professionals have lead us to believe that some children...
Insurance Woes
March 17, 2014, 12:54 pm
Insurance has been a pain for a lot of people this year. The new healthcare regulations have affected a lot of people, including my family....
Confused by this placement (medical neglect) 2 questions,
April 24, 2014, 10:41 pm
Sometimes too, based on past cases I believe some case workers and judges make up their minds about parents and kids regardless of how...
Homestudy Complete!!
April 24, 2014, 10:36 pm
Even a swarm of bees outside our apartment door 20 minutes before the homestudy didn't fail us! Though I almost had a panic attack. Now we...
We've lost a member...So loved and will be missed. Please read!
April 24, 2014, 10:33 pm
Quote: Originally Posted by digmykids Jens...she talked to me about him too. I think he found her recently. Now, you...
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cal - 1 year ago
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me and my twin sister were adopted.back in the 60s adored parents were not checked out very well.we were both tortured.: #1
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