Helping Your Adopted Child Navigate Friendships and Peers

Your child may face questions about adoption from classmates, and grapple with “feeling different,” as he or she grows. Find advice from experts on helping your child navigate friendships, nosy peers, and challenges like bullying or exclusion.

A transracially adopted boy joking with a friend in class

“But How Did He Know About My Mama?”

When my transracially adopted son was teased about adoption at school, he came home upset—and also bewildered about how his friend could have known. When I heard this (and when it came out that he wasn’t wholly innocent in the exchange), was it wrong that my reaction turned from anger to laughter?