Advice from Adoption Experts


Adoption experts answer your questions about talking about adoption, attachment, birth parent contact, and more.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: How to Cope with the Disappointment of Not Being Chosen by an Expectant Mother

Ask AF: How to Cope with the Disappointment of Not Being Chosen by an Expectant Mother

“Our adoption profile was shown to an expectant mother, and she selected a different family. We knew this was a possibility, of course, but feel disappointed. How to cope?” Readers offer advice.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: What to Do the First Time a Foster Child Comes to Stay with Us?

"We are preparing for our first overnight visit with sisters we hope to adopt from foster care, and are nervous. What are we supposed to do for 24 hours with two children who are essentially strangers?"

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Ask AF: Advice for Our “Ice Breaker” Meeting with a 10-Year-Old Boy?

"We are adopting from foster care and have an 'ice breaker' meeting with a 10-year-old boy scheduled for tomorrow. I’m super nervous. Can anyone share advice about forging a connection?"

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Ask AF: Reconciling Different Personalities in Adoption

A mother finds herself exhausted trying to keep up with the boisterous, outgoing older child she’s adopting, and also worries that the girl might start feeling “different” from the rest of the family (who are all naturally more reserved and quiet). An expert offers advice.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Worried My Daughter Will Think Her Birth Mom Is More “Fun”

“My nine-year-old has been asking me about her birth mother. I was able to find her on social media, but I’m worried about sharing the photos I found.”

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: How to Share Sad News About a Birth Parent?

“When my daughter was in her teens, we sent a letter to her birth mother via our adoption agency, but never heard back. Yesterday, I got a social media message from her birth mother’s sister, which shared sad news. How do I break this news to my daughter?”

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