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Beyond “Happy”: New Parents Have Complex Feelings

You will feel elated when you finally bring your child home, but you might also experience other emotions on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight. by Joni Mantell, LCSW You are finally home with your newly adopted child, and you’re […]

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Therapeutic Writing for Adoptive Parents and Parents-to-Be

Parenthood — whether we’re anticipating and planning, or already in the thick of it —can sometimes be hard to wrap our heads and hearts around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings can be challenging. In this group, we’ll explore our internal experiences around adoptive parenthood through short writing exercises — such as […]

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Should We Adopt

“We are raising three children who’ve come from three different ‘methods.’ And yet they are each as much a part of us as the other. If you become parents at the end of the infertility rollercoester ride, the ride fades into the background and is no longer the focus of your life. Your focus becomes […]

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Making the Transition from Infertility to Adoption

For many, the decision to pursue adoption comes only after many years of struggling with infertility. Letting go of the dream of the biological child and embracing the deepest wish – to become a parent – usually involves some emotional work. Deciding to stop medical treatments Even though the infertility experience is most often described […]

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