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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Other Side of Privilege

The Other Side of Privilege

If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

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How to keep up contact with birth parents.

Keeping Up Contact with Birth Parents

An open adoption arrangement may be buffeted by passing time and changing circumstances. Here's how to make your relationship endure.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

A Durable Relationship with Your Child’s Birth Parents

Over the years, an open adoption arrangement may need to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of everyone involved — above all, the child.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Talking Matters

If you look like your child, you may be spared inquisitive glances or nosy questions about adoption from strangers. But that doesn't mean you don't have to discuss the topic.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

You’re Out of Order

Conventional wisdom says not to adopt a child out of birth order. Yet there are many reasons why this choice may be right for you — and many ways to make it work.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When Parents are the Educators

Raising adoption awareness at school can protect your child from thoughtless remarks and benefit classmates, teachers, and the school community. Just be sure to tread lightly and respect boundaries, especially your child’s.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When the Circle of Family Grows

Parents always celebrate when a new child joins their family. But adoptive moms and dads might want to mark their blessed event with a meaningful ceremony beyond the usual festivities.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When Things Change

Life's transitions can be hard on children. Here's how to help your child develop his own ways to cope.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

A Family Identity

A family value statement can build strong bonds and see you through both good times and bad.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Dealing with Differences

Our culture isn't always compassionate toward those who fall outside the "norm." But we can help our children embrace their uniqueness — and become more tolerant, too.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Imagining Another Life

As adolescents become capable of abstract thinking, they begin to wonder about the family and the country left behind — and the road not taken.

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