Author Archives: Lee Tobin McClain, Ph.D.

A woman writes an adoption memoir

Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Adoption Stories

Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Adoption Stories

Many parents are putting their adoption stories in writing. Whether you publish or not, here's how to create a moving, quality memoir.

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[Book Review] My Alternate Life

Trinity B. Jones is a foster kid who's "been to enough adoption picnics to know that adoptive parents want a cute little baby to hold, not a 15-year-old with brown skin, a 34-C, and a nose ring."

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Only-child households are common in adoptive families

Do We Stop at Just One?

Wondering whether to raise an only child? Half of all adoptive families do. How they thrive, despite occasional (or frequent!) second thoughts.

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In this study, most birth parents enjoyed their open adoptions

The Birth Parent Perspective

A major study reveals that open adoption works well for everyone involved. Hear what families say is good about the process — and what could be better.

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Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.

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Talking about adoption to your adopted child

Telling the Tough Stuff

Here's how to tell your child the difficult facts about his adoption in positive, age-appropriate ways...and how to keep the conversation going.

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returning to work after adoption leave

Bonding While You Work

Adoptive Families readers received, on average, 9.6 weeks of leave from work. Here’s how to make an informed childcare decision, and keep the transition from disrupting your bond.

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A teenage girl reading books with fictional adopted characters

Preteen Summer Reads with Adoption Themes

Encourage discussion — and a lifelong love for reading — with these adoption-themed books.

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Disruption may be the only option

Letting Go: The Truth About Adoption Disruption

The decision to disrupt an adoption is agonizing. But if it's been made, we must focus on the child's best interests rather than on placing blame, say families and experts.

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A child encounters adoption in books

Orphan Lit

From Anne of Green Gables to Harry Potter, orphans are a staple of children's literature. Here's how to help your child make sense of it all.

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A teen works with a tutor to overcome learning problems

Is College Possible?

It's not uncommon for a child to have different interests — and academic skills — than his achieving parents.

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Balancing work and family can be tough, but these adoptive families make it work

Going Back to Work

AF readers find creative ways to balance career and family. In this special report, we share some of their best advice.

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