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Adoption and raising adopted children | Raising Children Network

Read personal experiences of adoptive parents raising adopted children, with links to national, state and territory adoption support services and agencies.

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Adoption and foster care

Trusted information on adoption and foster care in Australia including adoption tips and the challanges of foster care, plus links to trusted resources.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Adoption

It is a legal way to create a parent-child relationship between people who are not related by blood. The adopted child will have the same privileges as a natural child of the parents. The adopted child usually takes the name of the new family, and is brought up and cared for as if she or he had always been part of the family.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Adoption

Being adopted may feel quite straightforward when you are young, but when you are a teen, you will probably have lots of questions that you want answered, and you could have some very strong feelings to cope with.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Adoption

Children's understanding about adoption grows as they learn about families, relationships and how babies are made. Children cannot properly understand adoption until about age 6 when they understand that babies are created by two adults. But the ability to understand about how a child joined the family, eg from a different place begins at about 4 years of age.

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Foster care & adoption - The Trauma and Grief Network (TGN)

Children and young people who are in foster care, out of home care or adopted can have complex needs. For all of these children, there has been a reason that they have not been able to continue to live with their birth family. They may have started out their lives in environments that were not

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Adoption and foster care - South Australia and Australia

When a woman finds out that she is pregnant, there are many issues to consider. If the pregnancy is unplanned or unwanted, there are extra pressures which sometimes mean that the parents consider adoption or fostering for their child.

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Early parenthood focus on new Healthtalk Australia website

Healthdirect Australia has partnered with Healthtalk Australia to produce an online information module on the emotional experiences of early parenthood. Learn more about the new website here.

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Surrogacy: Adoption before birth

Using a surrogate mother is one option for couples that cant get pregnant. Dr Joe explains surrogacy from a medical point of view.

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Experiences of conceiving, IVF, surrogacy and adoption

Nearly all parents talked about how their babies were conceived. Many conceived spontaneously or what one mother termed ‘the old-fashioned way’. Others who had fertility problems, or who were single or in same-sex relationships considered a range of options for conceiving or having baby.

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