Stephanie Andersen The first time my oldest daughter called me 'Mum', she was 17.
KIRSTY NEEDHAM Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.
MATTHEW RAGGATT A mother who spent six years waiting for approval to adopt two local children has backed calls for a more efficient nationwide model of adoption.
Staff writers It may have taken two decades to deliver, but this mother wanted to be sure her daughter got this heartfelt letter at the right time.
LETITIA ROWLANDS The arrival of any newborn is cause for celebration. When the baby is being welcomed into an adoptive family the joy is just as intense.
Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.
Melanie Mahoney A family is under investigation after offering a four-year-old girl for adoption on Facebook over the weekend.
Ellen McCarthy "I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."
Patricia Fronek Imagine for one moment your child went missing. Surely you would expect no stone to be left unturned to find them - even if took six months, a year, two, even more.
Staff writers A man has reunited with his mother 41 years after mysteriously being taken from her as a newborn.
Nancy Maes Adopting a child is supposed to be a joyous event, but for some mothers it is far from a Hallmark moment.
JUDITH IRELAND Australians have wildly different experiences on their journeys to adopting children.
Ellen McCarthy After years of trying for children, Lauren and Joe Kamnik were blessed with three within a little more than a year - via adoption, a surrogate and a natural pregnancy.
Patricia Fronek There are several very worrying elements of the latest announcement on Australia's planned adoption scheme.
Kari Wagner-Peck Everyone in foster care (and really in life) has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.
Shaaren Pine On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?
Nadeera Pathiraja When people comment on how lucky our daughter is we always say we are the lucky ones, as she has enriched our lives in more ways than we imagined.
MICHAELA FOX Many adopted children feel like a crucial part of their story is missing. Two women adopted out at birth share their stories.
RACHEL BROWNE Australia's leading child abuse charity is calling on the federal government to introduce targets to encourage the adoption of children from foster care.
Jackie Spinner A single parent by choice, I am preparing to adopt a second baby from Morocco. And I face a special challenge.
Dennis Green The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.
Patricia Fronkek At first glance, Australia’s changes to intercountry adoption sound fair. But there are too many unanswered questions about this reform agenda.
Patricia Fronek Tony Abbott has vowed to make intercountry adoption cheaper, faster, and easier. But will this really be a good thing for the children who are being adopted?
A 102-year-old woman has spoken about her joy and astonishment at being reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption more than seven decades ago.
Lavinia Mo In China, expectant couples who are unwilling or unable to keep their children go to a special website to adopt their babies out, rather than aborting or abandoning them.
Sarah Salmon I've learnt that it makes no difference if your child is adopted or biological. It is the same kind of love.
JUDITH IRELAND Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the government is taking steps to help more sick and disabled children be adopted from South Africa.
Julie Davis For me, the decision to adopt my baby out was fairly black and white. But reflecting on what has been, I think we've both been blessed.
A woman who was abandoned in a fast food restaurant bathroom 27 years ago has found her birth mother, weeks after launching a worldwide search on social media.
Melanie Mahoney A couple has had their dream of starting a family come true in a way they never would have imagined.
Anonymous We have settled for the rhetoric that there are lots of orphaned children, and numerous parents who want to adopt them, so why not make the process easier? But that equation doesn’t necessarily add up.
Letitia Rowlands International adoption became more straightforward today, thanks to changes to Australian law.
Two young women on opposite sides of the world have connected on social media and discovered they are twins.
Yeong Sassall Some people argue that cross-cultural adoption isn't 'natural'. But Yeong Sassall, who was adopted from South Korea into a white Australian family, begs to differ.
RORY CALLINAN Fresh evidence of Indian children being trafficked for adoption in Australia has emerged as the Abbott government flagged a boost in inter-country adoptions.
JONATHAN SWAN Tony Abbott says he wants to make it "much much easier" for Australian couples to adopt children from overseas.
JONATHAN SWAN Tony Abbott wants to make it "much much easier" for Australian couples to adopt children from overseas, saying tens of thousands of babies could be brought to Australia from orphanages.
Adoption laws are letting down children in out-of-home care, with only 100 children adopted in Australia last year.
I regret my adoption and wish I'd had the chance to grow up with my mother and my big brother. But I can't regret knowing my adoptive parents.
Lauren Smelcher Sams More and more couples are turning to Facebook to find babies to adopt - but Australian couples aren't encouraged to do the same.
Deborra-Lee Furness has called for changes in global adoption laws so more abandoned children can find loving parents and homes.
CATHERINE ARMITAGE Families have been left heartbroken by the closure of Australia's Ethiopian adoption program in June, with one woman describing the loss as feeling like "a miscarriage after a five-year pregnancy".
MELANIE MAHONEY Already parents to four children, Shelly and Hal White thought their family was finished. Little did they know that a little girl with cancer, in a Chinese orphanage, was destined to join their lives.
Susan Murphy Susan Murphy adopted a child from Asia, and since then she has seen, first-hand, the horrible racism her son has endured.