7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

Read on for seven interactive ways that parents can help a child adopted at an older age talk about adoption and understand his personal history — including time spent in foster care — during post-placement life.

interactive ways to help an older child talk about adoption and her personal history
All of us spend at least some time wondering who we are and why we are. For a child who has faced many moves and a chaotic life before adoption, these are difficult questions to answer. But as elusive as the answers may be, they are vital as the child matures into adulthood. Parents can use the following techniques, from our book, Adopting the Hurt Child, to help any child adopted beyond infancy, whether from U.S. foster care or another ...

When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.

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