Teens need their parents' guidance in forming their racial identity.
Adoption Parenting Advice & First-Person Stories
Adoption experts offer parenting advice and real parents share personal stories about raising adopted children.
Teens may try on different identities as they seek to determine who they are.
Age limits for those adopting have been stretched or even eliminated. How might this affect the children of these "older" parents?
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 1,200 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.
“We have always tried to make sure our internationally adopted son feels proud of his heritage. This year, when the class was writing about Thanksgiving, he asked if he could skip the assignment because people from his birth country do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I know I need to talk to him, but I’m not sure where to start.”
Each year AF curates a list of “gifts that give back” – merchants that donate proceeds to charities that support adoption, children, or families.
We asked our readers: How did you decide whether to introduce the topic of adoption at your child's school? What actions did you take, if any, to start explaining adoption to classmates or teachers? What advice do you have for other parents about how to best interact with your child's teachers?
Like all mixed race families in America, we face stereotyping as a matter of course. These six lessions have helped enrich my family.
When children engage in petty theft, are they beginning a life of crime or just engaged in a naughty prank?
We asked our readers: What talent or trait do you see in your child that must be from his or her birth family? Read the answers from adoptive parents.
Tips for parents to help their adopted children cope with a learning disability.
An adolescent's peers may tell you something about their inner life.
Writing a journal is a great way to build a stronger sense of self.
Adoptive Families‘ annual gift-giving directory presents a selection of heritage and adoption products from our sponsors.
Your guide to identifying medical problems common to internationally adopted children.
More might be merrier, but the family dynamic is sure to change.
This straightforward book is perfect for helping parents avoid emotional warfare.
The Safe Baby is an easy-to-follow resource that will give busy parents — adoptive or otherwise — peace of mind.
“I recently found out that my teen is friends with his birth mother on Facebook. I feel badly that I found this out by ‘snooping,’ but I am also shocked and upset that she didn’t try to contact us or the adoption agency first. What should we do?”
As parents, how can you help make sure that your child and all the students at her school feel included and supported? Educate teachers about the five As!