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Newborn Bonding

The first month of a baby’s life is all about meeting their physical needs. Whether they need to be held, fed, or comforted to sleep — it is important for parents to meet those needs. By the second month, a baby begins to seek their mother’s or father’s presence through smell and touch, the same… Continue reading Newborn Bonding

adoptive parents, new fathers, new mothers, Parenting

Post Adoption Depression (PADS)

Most people have heard of Post-Partum Depression, in fact it has become widely recognized and accepted. Unfortunately the same can't be said for Post Adoption Depression (PADS), similar to PPD. A survey of 145 parents who adopted internationally found that over 65% of them have experienced some form of PADS. While this specific survey was… Continue reading Post Adoption Depression (PADS)

Adoptees, adoptive parents, new fathers, new mothers, Open Adoption, Parenting

Talking About Adoption

Just as parents may use a friend or family members pregnancy to teach their children about reproduction, parents who adopt often find that their experiences become the example by which their friends or family teach their children about adoption. While this can be good because it gets people talking about adoption and helping others to… Continue reading Talking About Adoption

adoptive parents, new fathers, new mothers, Parenting

Parenting Advice: Can you trust the experts?

You don't have to look very hard to find a lot of resources and advice meant to help you become a better parent. But all the classes, seminars, and well intentioned books can be confusing. Here are some tips for deciding which advice to follow: Listen to your gut. Decide whether or not a parenting class… Continue reading Parenting Advice: Can you trust the experts?

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School’s out! Now what do we do?

If you've got children, you know what June means: summer vacation. Weeks and weeks of uninterrupted freedom, maybe a family trip or two - and lots of time for kids to grow bored because they have nothing to do. You don't have to be a full time cruise director for your family. You can, however,… Continue reading School’s out! Now what do we do?

Adoptees, adoptive parents, Domestic Adoption, new fathers, new mothers, Open Adoption, Parenting

Adoption, When Familes & Friends “Just Don’t Get It”

After bringing home baby, you snap more photos than the paparazzi, catch a wink of sleep every few days, and you “ahh” and “ooh” over every little thing your precious bundle of joy does. —just as any new parent would.  Once, twice, or maybe even several times a year, you’ll spend a day traveling to… Continue reading Adoption, When Familes & Friends “Just Don’t Get It”

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Our Adoption Journey

By Guest Blogger, "Sam" Sam's daughter, Allison Paige, came into this world on April 22, 2011 at 37 weeks and 1 day. She most likely died as a result of a cord accident. It's impossible to know for sure.  Sam and her husband loved her from the start and miss her every single day. Sam… Continue reading Our Adoption Journey

Adoptees, adoption funding, adoptive parents, Domestic Adoption, International Adoption, new fathers, new mothers, Open Adoption

Ask AFTH: Monthly Q & A

Jennifer Asks: How long does adoption REALLY take, how much does it REALLY cost, and when are fees paid? Thanks for your question Jessica! It might sound like we’re comparing apples to apples—wait time and fees vary both by agency and situation—but here’s what we can tell you. To answer your first question about how… Continue reading Ask AFTH: Monthly Q & A

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January Book Reviews 2013

All books purchased by clicking the link in our review will give AFTH a small donation from Amazon.com.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the books in our review please consider buying it through our link to amazon.com. What He Can Expect When She's Not Expecting: How to Support Your Wife, Save Your… Continue reading January Book Reviews 2013

adoptive parents, Birth Parents, new fathers, new mothers, Open Adoption, Uncategorized

Let’s Celebrate…It’s National Adoption Month!

National Adoption Month is only a week away. Have you thought about how you will celebrate adoption as a part of your life, your family, your child? Here are some suggestions of ways to honor National Adoption Month: Promote adoption awareness via social media. Use your Twitter, Facebook, or blog— whichever you choose. Share your… Continue reading Let’s Celebrate…It’s National Adoption Month!