Adopting New Ways

Grandparents can help ease the stress of overseas adoption

When 8-month-old Aliya Jane met her new, adoptive family last August in the orphanage at Krasnoyarsk, Russia, there were two loving faces to learn. There to greet her was mom Beth Stubenbord, 40, a single woman from New York City, and grandma Jane, 64. Recalling the emotional journey, Beth says she couldn't imagine making it alone: "I knew I wanted my mother to go with me. I wanted somebody else to rely on and talk to." Having her experienced hands along also proved invaluable as Jane cared for Aliya during the day so Beth could grab a nap or meet with...