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

Private Isn’t Secret

Nosy comments from strangers are one thing. But what do you do when it's a child who's asking difficult questions?

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

How Do We Define Belonging?

Ethnic identity includes ancestry, but it is shaped by experience.

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

When They Just Don’t Get It

The world knows a lot more about adoption these days, but not enough. It's our job to keep chipping away at society's biases, for the sake of our kids.

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

When Your Child Has Birth Siblings

Parents who know that one child was placed for adoption while a sibling was not may wonder how to explain it in a way their child can understand.

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

What Your Child’s Teacher Needs to Know

Teachers are facing increasing demands in the classroom, so it's up to you to take the necessary steps to make sure your child's needs are met.

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

Family Night

Getting everyone together once a week can be invaluable for family unity.

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

The Open Adoption Family Dynamic

As more of us live with open adoption, we're seeing how it plays out in daily life — and bumping into some unanticipated wrinkles.

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

Making Peace with Missing Information

We may not have the answers to all of our children's questions about adoption and their birth families. But we must accept that fact, so we can help our children come to terms with it, too.

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

Feeling Like Part of the Extended Family

The more you involve the grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and cousins, too) in you adoption process, the more your child feels like part of the clan.

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Proceeding with Caution in Birth Family Search

Adoptive parents sometimes initiate birth parent searches before their children are emotionally prepared to deal with the results.

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