Sometimes, a teen's behavior calls for outside help. What to watch for and how to find the right adoption therapist.
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.
An adoption support group can provide a safe and comfortable venue for your teen to explore adoption and his larger identity in a new, more complex way.
How can you help your child deal with the physical and emotional changes that puberty brings?
How can you respond to bullying or protect your teen from becoming a target?
In the middle-school years, parents must step back and help their child learn to stand up for herself, in school and in the larger world.
There's much parents can do to help their teens feel they belong within the larger family network.
In a quandary over what's normal — and what's not — about your teen? Here's what you should know.
Bruce had been a cheerful, outgoing child who had many friends. But when he turned 15, his parents noticed a change in him. He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious. One day, when Bruce and his mother, Karen, were driving home from school, he seemed particularly down. When Karen asked him what was wrong, he said, "I'm not who you think I am."
Your teen probably spends a lot of time thinking (or fantasizing) about her birth mother. Here's how to get some of those thoughts out in the open.
Tween adoptees may walk away from their cultural heritage, family outings, and even their family as they try to fit in with peers.
Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.
Teens have a lot of questions — including some about family religion.
Children need to know their full stories before the teen years. Why, and how, to explain troubling information.
Having "the talk" with your teen is necessary — and it can turn into an emotional conversation about birth parents.
When their family also includes biological children, adoptees can have complex feelings about siblings and their own sense of belonging.
A parent's role changes when a teen leaves the nest. Here's how to start relating to your child as a young adult, and reinforce your bond.
Originally conceived and written as a guide for therapists working with adopted adolescents, Beneath the Mask is a valuable resource for parents.
Excerpt from Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, by Debbie Riley.