Adoption is a lifelong, life-changing journey for all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adopted people, and adoptive parents. Adoption, the legal transfer of parental rights from one parent to another, provides children with love, nurturance, and stability and promotes their well-being and their opportunity to become healthy, productive adults. Adoption is essential for the permanency of many children, including children in foster care who will not be reunited with their birth parents; other infants and children whose birth parents make adoption plans for them; and children in other countries who need families. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about adoption, tips for parents, and much more.
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