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How should your child respond when asked adoption questions at school?

When Classmates Ask

When Classmates Ask

How can you help your child answer adoption questions with confidence—and handle any queries that come your way?

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“Why Was I Adopted”

Your preschooler may hit you with surprising questions at the most unexpected times and places!

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Introducing adopted child to family

Family, Far and Near

Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.

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A new puppy can trigger an adoption conversation

Starting the Adoption Conversation

Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.

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An adoptee imagining life in a different family, watching another mother serve spaghetti

What If? Imagining Life in a Different Family

Sleepovers and play dates give our kids an intimate glimpse of life in a different family — and may prompt reflections and questions.

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A mother having an adoption discussion with her preschool daughter

Our Family Adoption Story

Preschoolers love hearing about their adoption when it's told as a narrative designed to inform and comfort.

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adoption workshops

Connecting with Other Adoptees

As they progress through grade school, most children want to "blend in" and be part of the crowd. But what if a child feels that the way she joined her family–through adoption–sets her apart?

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A supermarket employee asking nosy questions of an adoptive mother

Nosy Questions, Little Ears

Ever since our children were babies, we've heard them, ignored them, and answered them. But how do we handle them in the preschool years?

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An adoptive mother preparing pet for a new baby

One Big, Happy Family

Your beloved pet may be in for a shock when your baby arrives. How can you help him accept your new addition?

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Peer exclusion

Helping Your Child with Peer Exclusion

Parents cannot prevent their child from experiencing exclusion or feeling "different" from time to time. You can, however, lessen the negative effects of this common occurrence during the preteen years.

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A girl navigating difficult peer relationships and getting rejected

What Will Their Friends Think?

As kids grow up, they look to their friends for acceptance — and desperately want to fit in.

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A mother preparing her adopted daughter for questions about racial differences

Question Confidence

Other kids are going to ask about it — so prepare your preschooler for questions about adoption.

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Divorce after adoption

A New ‘Forever’

Adoptive children can feel familial changes, like divorce after adoption, particularly keenly. Use these tips to help kids adapt to new stepparents.

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Parents and child planning a heritage trip

Back to the Land: Planning a Rewarding Heritage Trip

Sometimes adopted children need to go back to their birthplaces to learn more about themselves.

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