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 Available in Spanish
- Hepatitis B and A Vaccines Are Imperative for Families Adopting from Abroad (Immunization Action Coalition) - PDF
- Inducing Lactation: Breastfeeding for Adoptive Moms (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Medical Issues in Adoption (Nemours Foundation) Available 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) Available 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 ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
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Finance and Policy
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (Department of Labor)
- Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights (Children's Bureau) - PDF