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Child Advocates Sought for Annual Adoption Excellence Awards

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau are looking for child advocates for the 2020 Adoption Excellence Awards.

23andMe Sisters: Finding a Sibling Through DNA Testing

A Troy mom of two shares her story of how one of her adopted daughters discovered a sister she never knew she had through 23andMe.
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5 Things You Should Know About Fostering a Child

For those considering opening their homes to a child in need, Katie Page-Sander, an expert on Michigan's foster care programs, offers her insight and five things you should know about fostering a child.
How does open adoption work

How Does Open Adoption Work? Tips and Advice for Parents

Are you considering adopting a child and having contact with the birth family? If you're wondering, 'How does open adoption work?' read on for insights.

Loving and Letting Go: Being a Foster Parent

Families around southeast Michigan open their homes to children in their time of greatest need – selflessly and, often, silently. We talk to three of them who've experienced this process of pouring out their hearts for our state's most vulnerable young residents – and then saying goodbye.

How to Become a Foster Parent in Michigan

If you've considered providing a home for a child in need, but not known where to start, then begin here with our five-step guide on how to become a foster parent.

Guide to Adopting a Child Outside of the U.S.

Find out the typical process for adoption from a foreign country including most common countries, requirements, waiting time and what to expect.

Make an Adoption Lifebook for Your Child

These scrapbooks for adopted kids are key to helping your child understand his or her past. Learn how to make a lifebook and why it's so important.

When to Tell Kids They are Adopted

Not sure how to tell a child they are adopted – or when is the best time? Local adoptees weigh in.
5 Things to Avoid Saying to Adoptive Parents

5 Things to Avoid Saying to Adoptive Parents

Questions about infertility and 'real parents' are definite no-nos, says this mom of an adopted daughter. Get her two cents on not what to say.

Best Adoption Books for Parents

Find advice and stories in these books about adoption, recommended by local adoption experts as some of the best books for adoptive parents.

Depression After Adoption: Why It Happens and How to Cope

Post adoption, depression can set in for many. Local therapists who work with adoptive families address what can cause it and what you can do to treat it.