Author Archives: Lisa Bartels-Rabb

Attachment at each developmental stage

Bonding with Your Baby

Bonding with Your Baby

Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.

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Playing: helping preschoolers understand adoption

Helping Preschoolers Understand Adoption

Through normal, imaginary play, children in the preschool years can conquer their fears, conjure their birth mothers, and learn to understand their stories.

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Preschooler's questions can be tough

Understanding Your Preschooler’s Questions — “I Want That, Too!”

Your preschooler may ask you for all kinds of things. But what is he really saying?

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How to start talking about birth parents with your child.

Mommy, Where Did I Come From?

Many adoptive parents mistake talking about the culture or place their child is from is enough. Learn why talking about birth parents matters.

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A smiling baby, progressing through the stages of infant development

When You Adopt a Baby: An Overview of Developmental Stages

A look at what to expect at different developmental stages of babyhood—and what each stage means for adoptive parents.

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Cover of A Face in the Mirror: Teens and Adoption

[Book Review] The Face in the Mirror: Teenagers and Adoption

Marion Crook interviewed 50 adoptees. Teens tell what they really think and feel about adoption, their adoptive parents, and their birth parents

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A father helps his child understand her feelings about adoption

The Good and Bad of Being “Chosen”

How to make sure your child feels good about being adopted.

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