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.
Exploring the Many Options of Adoption
Starting a family by adopting may be a second choice, but advocates say it isn't a second-best choice. Still, there is a lot to consider after you've made the decision to adopt a child.
10 Essential Tips for Adoptive Parents
Experts share advice for people planning to adopt children from the U.S. or overseas.
5 Adoption Dos
What Mary-Louise Parker did right when she adopted her daughter.
Mary Louise Parker on Momhood and Marijuana
Weeds Actress Mary Louise Parker Talks About Blended Families, Acting, and Legalizing Pot.