Adoption is complicated. It’s a legal process, as well as a social and emotional one. It can take various forms and mean various things to those affected by it. And as it becomes an increasingly common choice for hopeful parents and expectant mothers, it has a growing impact not only on members of the adoption triad, but on society as a whole.
If you’re new to adoption, the wealth of adoption information available to you can make it an intimidating topic to dive into. Whether you are approaching adoption as a prospective birth or adoptive parent, an adopted person or just someone who is interested in learning more about the various ways a family can be built, it can be difficult to know where to start.
The articles below provide a basic introduction to adoption — from its long history to its various definitions to the best resources for the latest adoption news. Read on to find the basic information you need to begin understanding the wonderful world of adoption.