Growing Up Adopted - Parenting Through Developmental Ages & Stages


As children grow, their behavior and understanding of adoption changes. Below, find parenting advice for different developmental ages and stages.

Create an adoption storybook for your child.

Creating a Personal Adoption Storybook for Your Preschooler

Creating a Personal Adoption Storybook for Your Preschooler

Telling your child's story in book form can cement his sense of belonging in your family and boost his self-esteem.

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Helping kids cope after disaster can be difficult

Kids May Worry About Their Birth Parents After a Natural Disaster

Here's how to help your child regain her sense of security when current events trigger hidden fears.

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A smiling baby, progressing through the stages of infant development

When You Adopt a Baby: An Overview of Developmental Stages

A look at what to expect at different developmental stages of babyhood—and what each stage means for adoptive parents.

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Friendships with other adopted children can help your child feel like she fits in

Friends Like Me: The Value of Adoptee Peer Groups

Want to do something wonderful for your grade-schooler? Hook her up with other kids who were adopted.

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Communicating with your baby using sign language

When You and Your Baby Don’t Speak the Same Language

Have you been hit by the terrible twos? Sign language can be a great way to help your child communicate their needs before they can speak.

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Anyone can succumb to peer pressure

Peers, Pressure, and Popularity

"Come on, everyone else is doing it."

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A teen works with a tutor to overcome learning problems

Is College Possible?

It's not uncommon for a child to have different interests — and academic skills — than his achieving parents.

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Religion can bring your family closer together

Finding Strength in Your Family’s Faith

If you identify with a religion, it can be another source of support and belonging for your child.

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Parent and child discussing his adoption story

The Adoption Expert? Your Child

Be alert for clues about how much information your preschooler can absorb.

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Girl fantasizes about her birth parents

Imaginary Birth Parents

Your child may never have met his first mom and dad. But that doesn't mean he's not spinning stories about them.

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