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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Will Our Son See His Birth Mother with Her New Baby and Wonder, Why Not Him?

Ask AF: Will Our Son See His Birth Mother with Her New Baby and Wonder, Why Not Him?

“Our son’s birth mother is now married and parenting a newborn. How should I answer if he asks why they couldn’t raise him?”

Birth parent grief is common after adoption

When Birth Moms Get the Blues

It may take some time for your child's birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.

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Help your child create her own adoption lifebook.

Child-Created Lifebooks

Even if you've made a scrapbook or lifebook for your child, kids this age like to tell their own stories. Here's how to help.

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Children will start to have adoption questions in preschool

Budding Curiosity – Adoption Talks with Preschoolers

AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for answering their first questions about adoption and talking about how you became a family.

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Tips for talking to tweens about adoption.

A Growing Awareness

Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what's going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.

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A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy.

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Pregnancy and birth talks don't need to be about the stork!

Answering Kids’ Questions About Reproduction

Kids' questions about sex are a tad more complicated when adoption is involved. Here, our experts give you the answers you need.

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Three adopted children, engaging in one of several common play scenarios

The Games They Play

Along with tea parties and superheroes, our children may incorporate themes like birth and adoption into their play.

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