“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?”
“After my daughter told classmates that she was adopted, they responded that they ‘feel sorry’ for her. What can I do to help?”
A parent reaches out for help after taunting at school left her daughter feeling shaken to the core and that she doesn’t belong anywhere. An adult adoptee and transracial adoption expert offers advice.
"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?"
Your preteen just wants to be cool. But how can he, when he's "different"?
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
My middle schoolers often get teased about the way they look or the fact that they were adopted. What can they say to the teasers?
Expert tips for adoptive parents to help your child make and maintain peer relationships.
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.
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.
Answers to your parenting questions.
Excerpt from Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, by Debbie Riley.
Want to do something wonderful for your grade-schooler? Hook her up with other kids who were adopted.
An adopted teenager may find it easier to open up to an adoptee mentor than to a parent, and mentoring a younger adopted child can bring joy and confidence.
Your preteen wants to fit in, but how can she when she’s “different”? AF explains how parents can help.
Sometimes growing up means letting go of childhood friends.
"Come on, everyone else is doing it."