Dealing with Infertility and Childlessness

One in every six couples will never be able to conceive a child. This can be a very painful realization for a couple who has dreamed of having offspring. The Family: A Proclamation to the World says, "We declare that God's commandment for his children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force." Although some couples are not biologically able to become parents, they can become parents in every other sense of the word. The Hurt of Childlessness Couples who are not able to have ...
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Will I Love My Biological Child and My Adopted Children Equally?

Anonymous The biggest shock of my life came the moment I saw the word “pregnant” on my pregnancy test. My husband and I had already adopted two wonderful children and we were just about to submit our papers to adopt another. As part of that process, I took one last pregnancy test. After seeing so many “not pregnant” results, I thought the test was malfunctioning and had to take another before I believed it. We contacted the adoption agency and told them to put our application on hold, but ...
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Adoption: Building a Solid Foundation

Adoption touches most of our lives in some way. If you are not directly involved with adoption, most likely you know a neighbor, friend, or family member who is. 39% of Americans have "seriously or somewhat seriously" considered adopting. 64% have a family member or close friend who has been adopted, adopted a child, or placed a child for adoption (Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 2002). Adoptive families have unique challenges. If they understand these challenges and learn...
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What Are the Blessings of Adoption?

By Jovanna M. My biological parents were drug addicts. They had a horrible addiction—something that controls, destroys, and tears apart. It controlled their actions. It destroyed our family. It tore us apart. Addiction is hard on everyone and anyone who comes in contact with it. It ruins everything. My biological parents were sick, they could not provide for their seven kids, let alone themselves. It truly was draining of life and morale. I believe that the only time they truly showed love fo...
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How do I Cope with Infertility?

By Krista T. My husband and I had been married about a year when we decided it was time to have a baby. It was all part of the plan I’d had had since I was a little girl. Imagine my surprise when the next step—the baby—didn’t come.  Since I have ten brothers and sisters, the idea that having children might not happen, never crossed my mind.  Years passed and it still didn’t happen. At first I was confused. Then frustrated. Then mad. Mad that I had kept my end of the bargain. I had been a ‘goo...
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