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Whether nuclear, blended, or single parent, every family faces its own unique challenges. For families with adopted children, those challenges come from both within the household and outside of it. But one thing’s for certain: The love in an adoptive family can conquer all.
About 130,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. This means that there are parents everywhere looking for support, tips, and the answers to lingering questions about raising an adopted child. Happily, there are plenty of helpful, trustworthy resources on the web, and we’ve rounded up some of the very best.
Adoptive Black Mom
When she was 39 years old, this single Virginian realized she didn’t have the family she thought she would have by that age, and decided to adopt — alone. As she says, having a husband was “more optional” than having a child, so she opted for the latter. When she began the adoption process, she says, she realized there weren’t many resources for women like her, so she set out to create one. Her blog is a place where all adoptive parents, but especially single adoptive moms, can find support and inspiration.
Tweet her @adoptiveblkmom
Adoption Blogs from the Heart
“Adoptive Families” is a popular magazine that speaks specifically to people who’ve adopted, who’ve been adopted, or who are interested in adoption. The Adoptive Families Circle and its blog are where you can go to read stories from people who have been through or are going through the adoption process. Whether you’re interested in multiracial adoption, international adoption, adopting special needs children, or infertility issues, there is a lot of information here for you.
Tweet them @AdoptionCircle
The Big Long Wait
Kelley Elders started this blog in 2011 as a way to keep her family abreast of her and her husband’s journey to adoption. Just a few months later, their first daughter, Kate, was born. Kelley and Kevin now have two adopted daughters, and the blog remains a place for them to share the family’s experiences and reflections. We particularly love all of the photos Kelley shares, and the two sections detailing both of her adoption stories.
Tweet her @KelleyElders
Confessions of an Adoptive Parent
Mike and Kristin Berry are parents to eight kids, all of whom are adopted. Yes, eight! They’ve adopted kids of various ages and races and created a family founded in love. They’re the first to admit that “parenting is hard,” and use their blog to offer guidance and support to other adoptive parents. We love their honest approach to life, and their willingness to tackle even the toughest issues.
Tweet them @itsmikeberry
Creating a Family
This blog is run by the National Infertility and Adoption Education Nonprofit, which provides support and education to families dealing with infertility and beginning or going through the adoption process. On their blog, you’ll find information on everything from in vitro fertilization to helping newly adopted children adjust to their new home.
Tweet them @CreatingaFamily
Jamie Ivey is a public speaker, podcaster, and adoption advocate who has been blogging for over 10 years. Three of her four children are adopted, and her blog is a great resource for people who have already made adoption part of their life, as well as for those curious about adoption. There’s a regular podcast in which she interviews other parenting and adoption experts.
Tweet her @jamie_ivey
Karen is an adoptive mother. Lizzie is a birth mother. At Karen’s Calling, the two come together to create a blog unlike any other: one that gives you a glimpse at life from both sides of the adoption contract. The two women began the project writing solely for each other, an exchange of viewpoints, struggles, and understanding. Now, the pair share their thoughts and experiences with the world, creating a model and helpful resource for anyone interested in open adoption.
Lauren is a mother to two adopted children, and she also works as a counselor for adoptive and foster families in a ministry. On her blog, you’ll meet her children — their son, Mareto, and their daughter Arsema, both born in Ethiopia — and read about their happy, fun-filled lives. Their stories are heartwarming and honest. We love Lauren’s transparency and willingness to share.
Tweet her @laurenacasper
Lori Holden has been blogging at Lavender Luz since 2007, but she says she’s been blogging in her head since 1980, about parenting, adoption, yoga, and whatever else is on her mind. Lori is an adoption advocate, with a focus on open adoption, and her book, “The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption,” is another useful resource for adoptive families.
Tweet her @LavLuz
Mix and Match Mama
Texas-based Shay has three children, one of whom is adopted. Her blog is a place to go for everything from delicious recipes to inspirational parenting stories. She posts monthly updates about raising Ashby, whom she adopted from China, and features guest posts and Q&As with other adoptive parents, who answer questions about topics like fostering to adopt.
Tweet her @MixandMatchMama
My Real Kid
Allie Ferguson and her husband adopted Miles in 2015, but she started this blog in 2013 when they were first beginning the adoption process. Here, you’ll find funny stories about raising a now-toddler, but also thought-provoking pieces that cover both adoption and race, such as the unique challenges of raising an African-American child in a white family. We love that she’s created a space for other multiracial families to find support.
Tweet her @MyRealKid
No Bohns About It
Erin Bohn is a mom of three: one through birth, and two through adoption via fostering. Some of her posts cover the particulars of being a white mom to two black children, but most others are purely about the fun that comes with being a parent, from packing up the house with a toddler around, to retrofitting an old plastic playhouse. We particularly love her photo sets, which offer a peak into the Bohns’ fun-filled life.
Tweet her @ErinBohn1
Rage Against the Minivan
Kristen Howerton and her husband have four children, all through adoption. Her blog, which she’s been writing since 2006, is an entertaining combination of posts and videos about adoption, travel, design, and her daily life. We particularly like Howerton’s willingness to write about raising children who have different ethnic backgrounds than her own, with stories and pointers that can be especially useful to other families in similar situations.
Tweet her @kristenhowerton
Ripped Jeans and Bifocals
This blog about being an adoptive mother and life in general comes from Jill Robbins, a mother of three: one biological daughter and two boys adopted from China. Her posts cover everything from her fun adventures with her kids to time management, but those specifically interested in her thoughts and experiences with adoption should seek out the Adoption Archives section. There, you’ll find honest, educational, and inspiring posts about the emotional rollercoaster that is adoption.
Tweet her @JillRobbinsRJAB
Saying Yes to Adoption
Rebekah and her husband decided to adopt, not because they struggled with infertility, but because they felt called to do it. They adopted their son Israel from Ethiopia in May 2012, and had a biological daughter, Edith, just over a year later. Now, they’re expecting a third. “Say Yes to Adoption” is Rebekah’s chronicle of family life with vacation photos, pregnancy announcements, and good times with friends and family. Because Israel has cerebral palsy, her blog might be especially useful for parents of special needs children.
Tweet her @rebekahmcgee
See Jamie Blog
Jamie Worley is a North Carolina mother of three. Her vibrant blog centers around four topics: adoption, homeschooling, family life, and health. While we’re fans of the whole blog, we particularly love posts like “Adoption is hard. And weird. But worth it.” for a quick and honest a look at one difficult aspect of adopting: choosing a child.
Tweet her @jamieworley
Shelley Skuster was an award-winning television journalist who traded in her career to be closer to her three young daughters, two of whom are adopted. Now she freelances and blogs, and spends her day busy with mom duties. She’s been blogging here since 2013, and covers topics like motherhood, adoption, infertility, pregnancy, and cooking.
Tweet her @ShelleySkuster