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Teens in Search of Romance

Teens in Search of Romance

Families whose friendships cross racial lines send a clear message about whom their kids can date.

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Here's how to cope when your child starts searching for birth family online.

When Teens Find Birth Family Online

Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.

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Parenting adopted teens will have its ups and downs

Special Report: Adoption & Teens — The Psychological Background

Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.

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Adoption and teens can be a volatile mix at times

Special Report: Adoption & Teens — Parenting Strategies

Adoptive Families explores common situations you may face while parenting your adopted teen.

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Adoption Support Groups

Adoption Support Groups for Teens

An adoption support group can provide a safe and comfortable venue for your teen to explore adoption and his larger identity in a new, more complex way.

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Helping Adopted Teenagers Stand Up for Themselves

For Adoptive Parents: Helping Adopted Teenagers Stand on Their Own

In the middle-school years, parents must step back and help their child learn to stand up for herself, in school and in the larger world.

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Adopted Gay Teen

If Your Teen Is Gay

Bruce had been a cheerful, outgoing child who had many friends. But when he turned 15, his parents noticed a change in him. He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious. One day, when Bruce and his mother, Karen, were driving home from school, he seemed particularly down. When Karen asked him what was wrong, he said, "I'm not who you think I am."

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Adoptees and the Seven Core Issues of Adoption

Adopted persons tend to experience seven core issues related to their adoption. Discussions of adoption over the years have often overlooked the pain and struggles of adoptees, but identifying these core issues and helping children integrate them as they grow validates their experiences, decreasing feelings of being different and isolated.

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Birth Parents on Their Minds

Your teen probably spends a lot of time thinking (or fantasizing) about her birth mother. Here's how to get some of those thoughts out in the open.

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