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How to Talk About and Explain Adoption
Sample language, conversation guidelines, and other expert advice to help you explain adoption to your child, and answer questions from family, friends, and others.
“We just found out that we won’t be able to adopt the child we’ve been fostering. How do we tell the child, and explain to our older daughter?”
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
Sometimes it's not just those unfamiliar with adoption who are misinformed.
Your guide to identifying medical problems common to internationally adopted children.
Having children was something that other people did. But giving birth has given me a sense of connection I never felt before.
A seven-year-old adoptee from China shares her thoughts on an illustrated children's book about adoption.
Do you tell the teacher that your child was adopted at the start of a new school year? See parents' answers.
In their "black and white" world, how do children handle the grays of adoption?
How to survive an early fascination with the birds and the bees.
Single-parent homes are more common now, but kids still grapple with the daddy question.
The family tree project can be a particularly tricky one for kids who are adopted. Here's how one family tackled the assignment.
As preteens strive to define themselves, they must work adoption into the story.
Transracial adoptees often grow up knowing that their families love them, but not truly feeling included or close to them. Here’s what would have helped in raising a black child in a white family and a racist world.
Teens don't tend to talk with their friends about their feelings about being adopted, being teased, or other tough topics. But if you have a healthy, trusting relationship, they'll open up to you. An adoption therapist advises on maintaining an empathic connection with your teen.
I used to see adoption from only one viewpoint—that of the adoptive parents. But working in the field before becoming an adoptive mother opened my eyes to how complex and bittersweet adoption can be.
“We are adopting my sister-in-law’s teenage son after fostering him for five years. What can I say to her at family gatherings, to family who still don’t get that we’ll be his legal parents—and to my son, who hears all of this?”
The breakup of a family can be especially hard for adopted teens. Here's why.
Can't get your teen to talk? Rent a movie.
Help your teen adoptee overcome fear of leaving home with this advice.