Adoptive Families Guide

Adoptive Families Guide There's more than one way to build a family. But how do you figure out what route is right for you—and how do you get started? Learn more about assisted reproductive technology (ART) and adoption and find the answers to your questions here.

http://www.buildingyourfamily.com Whether you're hoping to start a family or grow your existing one, or interested in keeping up with the latest adoption and assisted reproduction news and trends, Building Your Family: The Infertility & Adoption Guide will provide you with detailed, accurate information you won't find anywhere else. For prospective parents, this valuable resource includes a step-by-step overview of the ART and adoption process, as well as listings for hundreds of ART attorneys, adoption agencies, support organizations and other professionals nationwide. Building Your Family is an annual print and digital publication and website. New Hope Media, a leading source of trusted parenting and health information, also publishes Adoptive Families magazine and ADDitude magazine.

#NationalAdoptionMonth
11/05/2015

#NationalAdoptionMonth

When did you first feel like your child's mom or dad? http://bit.ly/1HnetJL #NationalAdoptionMonth

Register today for our Adoption Costs webinar on 9/24!
09/08/2015
Expert Webinar: Adoption Costs

Register today for our Adoption Costs webinar on 9/24!

Register now for an Adoptive Families Webinar on Adoption Costs on 9/24/15. Denise M. Bierly, Esq., and Sue Orban will discuss domestic, foster, and international adoption costs and funding strategies.

Mark your calendars! Don't miss this free webinar!
09/04/2015
Expert Webinar: Adoption Costs

Mark your calendars! Don't miss this free webinar!

Register now for an Adoptive Families Webinar on Adoption Costs on 9/24/15. Denise M. Bierly, Esq., and Sue Orban will discuss domestic, foster, and international adoption costs and funding strategies.

A beautiful, heart-wrenching read.
08/31/2015
After 5 Miscarriages, What Happens Next?

A beautiful, heart-wrenching read.

For the past six years, I’ve been writing in a diary to a child who doesn’t exist. This was supposed to be my child. Our child. My husband’s and mine. And I believed that with the help of two fertility doctors, the Secret, daily shots of blood-thinning Lovenox into my belly, progesterone

Check out the latest issue of Adoptive Families magazine!
08/26/2015
Adoptive Families Magazine: Summer 2015

Check out the latest issue of Adoptive Families magazine!

The summer 2015 issue of this adoption magazine contains articles on honoring openness through challenges, summer reading picks, bedtime talks, and more

Find out if you're ready to take the plunge.
08/20/2015
Are You Ready to Adopt?

Find out if you're ready to take the plunge.

How do you know when you are ready to take the life-changing step of adopting a child? Think about why you want to adopt. Your motives can reveal a lot about your readiness.

Everything you need to know about adopting domestically.
08/10/2015
Adopting a Newborn in the U.S.: Fast Facts

Everything you need to know about adopting domestically.

Find resources for domestic adoption and adoption agencies, read personal stories from newborn adopters, tips for managing the birth mother relationship.

Is sperm donation right for you?
07/27/2015
Sperm Donation Fact Facts

Is sperm donation right for you?

Outlined in chart form, a variety of determining factors including average cost for sperm donation, donor identity, & more.

Talk about insensitive!
07/22/2015
The Clueless Things People Say About Infertility

Talk about insensitive!

While I’d love to say to my friend, “Yes! there is light at the end of the tunnel if you adopt,” I believe that we need to exhaust hope until, well, until it exhausts us.

Not sure what to ask an ART attorney? Use this list of questions.
07/14/2015
13 Questions to Ask a Prospective Attorney for Surrogacy

Not sure what to ask an ART attorney? Use this list of questions.

Choosing the right ART attorney to assist you through the surrogacy process will take time and research. As you consider attorneys, ask the relevant questions from the list below. Keep records of each attorney’s answers to help you make your final decision. Start your search by checking out BYF’s di…

The keys to forming a healthy attachment are the same whether a child has been adopted or born into a family.
07/06/2015
12 Responsive Parenting Techniques to Form a Healthy Attachment

The keys to forming a healthy attachment are the same whether a child has been adopted or born into a family.

Children adopted through foster care have varied backgrounds. Whatever your child’s history, responsive parenting is key to a secure, loving relationship.

A pediatrician specializing in adoption and foster care discusses the pre-adoption medical assessment.
06/29/2015
Pre-adoption Medical Assessment

A pediatrician specializing in adoption and foster care discusses the pre-adoption medical assessment.

What kind of medical information will you receive about a child available for adoption, and how do you assess it? A pediatrician with a specialty in adoption and foster care discusses.

Today we celebrate #MarriageEquality with the rest of the nation! #LoveWins
06/26/2015

Today we celebrate #MarriageEquality with the rest of the nation! #LoveWins

PHOTO OF THE DAY (Winners of our 2014 "All of Us" Photo Contest): Christopher (18 months) looks dapper in his tiny tux as he celebrates the marriage of his mommies, Christy and Novia.

A beautiful day for this family and the rest of our nation today as #LoveWins

Most of the children adopted internationally come from Asia, Africa, Latin America, or Eastern Europe.
06/19/2015
Introduction to International Adoption

Most of the children adopted internationally come from Asia, Africa, Latin America, or Eastern Europe.

There are many children throughout the world who need parents, and many parents still consider international adoption to be their first choice.

There's a lot of misinformation about surrogacy out there. We're here to set the record straight.
06/15/2015
Four Common Surrogacy Myths

There's a lot of misinformation about surrogacy out there. We're here to set the record straight.

The general public believes many myths about surrogacy. Here are four of the most common, and the facts.

Listen to this FREE audio presentation hosted by adoption and assisted reproduction attorney Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq.
06/10/2015
Expert Webinar: LGBT Family Building Through Surrogacy, ART, or Adoption

Listen to this FREE audio presentation hosted by adoption and assisted reproduction attorney Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq.

Learn about LGBT family building options including surrogacy and joint or second-parent adoption by listening to a free recording of a webinar with attorney Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq.

To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to ...
06/02/2015
6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to keep in mind.

Some people experience anxiety at the prospect of this unique relationship in their lives, and some families find this aspect of their adoption journey challenging. To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to keep in mind.

Calling all ART & adoption professionals! The deadline to list in the 2016 Building Your Family Guide and National Direc...
05/29/2015
National Directory of Donor, Surrogacy, and Adoption Professionals

Calling all ART & adoption professionals! The deadline to list in the 2016 Building Your Family Guide and National Directory is NEXT FRIDAY June 5th! Email us at guide (at) buildingyourfamily (dot) com to list!!

For more than 30 years, Building Your Family has helped people find their way to family after infertility. Take advantage of our searchable directories of up-to-date donor, surrogacy, and adoption professional listings below, and get started today! As you interview and consider each professional, ta…

Dads' Adorable Love Song to Future Baby
05/29/2015
Dads' Adorable Love Song to Future Baby

Dads' Adorable Love Song to Future Baby

When Joey Famoso and Joe Morales decided to create an adoption video that would introduce them to birth mothers looking for a family to adopt their...

What you need to know about adopting children from China.
05/26/2015
China Adoption Fast Facts

What you need to know about adopting children from China.

Discover fast facts on China adoption plus find links to helpful resources and adoption agencies placing children from China in your state.

Get the cost breakdown of donor eggs.
05/18/2015
Donor Egg Cost Breakdown

Get the cost breakdown of donor eggs.

A breakdown of donor egg costs, including legal fees, medical fees, the payment to the egg donor, and more.

Check out this legal Q&A on foster adoption.
05/14/2015
The Legalities of Foster Care

Check out this legal Q&A on foster adoption.

Two attorneys advise on laws that govern the rights of foster children and foster parents, and the adoption of children from foster care.

There’s new hope for children in foster care as more and more families are considering foster adoption. Here's what yo...
05/05/2015
Foster Adoption: Fast Facts

There’s new hope for children in foster care as more and more families are considering foster adoption. Here's what you need to know.

Find resources for foster adoption, personal stories by families who adopted foster children, and links to national organizations to help you get started.

It is OK to say adoption isn't for you. It is OK to own that decision.
05/01/2015
Infertility: When adoption is not an option - CNN.com

It is OK to say adoption isn't for you. It is OK to own that decision.

Many infertile women are asked, "Why don't you just adopt?" But adoption is too costly for some women. For others, it's not right for their family.

To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to ...
05/01/2015
6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to keep in mind.

Some people experience anxiety at the prospect of this unique relationship in their lives, and some families find this aspect of their adoption journey challenging. To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth an...

Answers to five frequently asked questions on infertility.
04/30/2015
Infertility: Causes and solutions - CNN.com

Answers to five frequently asked questions on infertility.

Five questions that delve into why getting pregnant is not as easy as we think, and possible remedies for those who are trying to conceive.

1. Foster care is all around us.
04/29/2015
The 10 Most Surprising Things About Foster Care

1. Foster care is all around us.

Trust me when I tell you that there are foster families all around you. Foster families go to your church. Foster children go to school with your children. Foster children are on your children's sports teams. Your children are friends with them, but ...

After six years of trying to conceive, Hines and her husband chose to use an anonymous egg donor, and Hines gave birth t...
04/29/2015
Infertility -- It Happens to Models Too

After six years of trying to conceive, Hines and her husband chose to use an anonymous egg donor, and Hines gave birth to twin boys.

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tomiko Fraser Hines, the first African American face of Maybelline, self-proclaimed "infertility overcomer," and RESOLVE ambassador. Seven years ago, Hines was diagnosed with infertility due to...

Search our national directory to find top family building experts in your area!
04/28/2015
National Directory of Donor, Surrogacy, and Adoption Professionals

Search our national directory to find top family building experts in your area!

For more than 30 years, Building Your Family has helped people find their way to family after infertility. Take advantage of our searchable directories of up-to-date donor, surrogacy, and adoption professional listings below, and get started today! As you interview and consider each professional, ta…

"Yet again, what I yearned for with all my heart, a baby, seemed impossibly out of reach."
04/26/2015
I Am Not Broken: My Infertility Story

"Yet again, what I yearned for with all my heart, a baby, seemed impossibly out of reach."

This post is in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week. CHICAGO (CBS) — I sat down on the toilet in a musty old building at...

More great advice!
04/25/2015
An RE's Advice To IVF Patients Part 2

More great advice!

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, some recommendations and advice for IVF patients (I was a reproductive endocrinologist and ran a large IVF program until the early 2000's.) Consider a donation to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization if you find this helpful. Secondary Infer…

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