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Ask AF: Child Wishes She Had an Open Adoption

Ask AF: Child Wishes She Had an Open Adoption

“My daughter, who was adopted internationally, has been saying she wishes she got to see her birth mother, like her close friend who has a very open adoption. What can I say to her?”

Helping transracially adopted teens answer questions about race from peers

Ask the Transracial Parenting Expert: Helping Teens Answer Questions About Race

"Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?"

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Feelings about adoption can leave kids lonely

Wanting to Be Like Everyone Else

Your preteen just wants to be cool. But how can he, when he's "different"?

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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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Peer exclusion

Helping Your Child with Peer Exclusion

Parents cannot prevent their child from experiencing exclusion or feeling "different" from time to time. You can, however, lessen the negative effects of this common occurrence during the preteen years.

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helping children explain open adoption to their peers

“I Have a Birth Mom, Too” – How Children Can Explain Open Adoption to Friends

Answers to your parenting questions.

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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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