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.

Leaving the nest is a big step in a teen's life

All Grown Up

All Grown Up

A parent's role changes when a teen leaves the nest. Here's how to start relating to your child as a young adult, and reinforce your bond.

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Teaching grandparents about adoption.

Getting the Grandparents on Board

Their grandparents' love secures our children a place in the family. Here's how to teach the older generation about adoption.

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Create an adoption storybook for your child.

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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Many kids create fantasy parents

The Fantasy Parent

Ever heard, "My real mother wouldn't make me do that"? Don't despair. All kids, adopted or not, conjure a fantasy parent from time to time.

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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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