What Adopting a Teen Taught Me

"THE TYPICAL NARRATIVE of an adoption usually involves a baby or toddler: someone young and impressionable enough to shape as they grow up. But there’s another way to think about adoption. When parents decide to adopt a teenager—or five—they’re given the opportunity to change lives. But what they probably don’t expect is that some of those lives will be their own. We spoke to families across the United States to hear about the unexpected bonds they formed and the moment they learned the ultimate lesson when it comes to adoption from foster care: It’s not about who’s in the family to start with. It’s about the home and memories you create together."


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