Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Teenagers


Practical advice for parenting adopted teens, from ages 13 through 19.

Puberty in adopted children can be especially difficult, as demonstrated by this melancholy girl in a field

What’s Happening to My Body?

What’s Happening to My Body?

How can you help your child deal with the physical and emotional changes that puberty brings?

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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 He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious.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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A group of teenagers working through the "who am I" question together

“Who am I?” The Complex Quest of Adolescent Adoptees

Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.

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Talking about sex with your teenager may be awkward

Talking with Teens About Sex and Dating

Having "the talk" with your teen is necessary — and it can turn into an emotional conversation about birth parents.

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Adoption and teenage years

When Your Teen Starts to Date

As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?

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All teens struggle with identity development

Staying Close While Giving Your Teen Space

Adolescence only lasts a short time — help your child through the rough patches and enjoy watching her grow into an individual.

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