Talking to Kids

A new puppy can trigger an adoption conversation

Starting the Adoption Conversation

Starting the Adoption Conversation

Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.

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Kids need to piece together their adoption stories

Sharing Difficult Details with Your Child

Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.

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Movies about adoption or foster care can be a great resource

Adoption Films for Family Movie Night

Use this guide to plan a family movie night or two this season. These flicks will captivate your kids, and open up adoption talks long after the credits have rolled.

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A child learns about adoption birth stories.

“Was I Alone in the Hospital?”

Seeing where she was born—where she stayed with her birth mom and where we met her—gave my daughter greater confidence in her adoption story.

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Adopted teens can use birth parents as a weapon when they're upset

Responding to “My Real Mom Would Let Me!”

When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.

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Explaining adoption to preschoolers should stay mostly light-hearted

What Preschoolers Can Understand About Adoption

When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.

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Our expert explains why it's important to start talking about racism and race with your adopted child.

Talking About Race and Racism

Racism exists, and it's our job as parents to talk about it with our kids. Here's an age-by-age guide to handling those conversations.

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Talking About Birth

“Bedtime Stories About Meeting My Daughter”

My daughter brings stuff up at bedtime. Most five-year-olds do; they don’t want to be left alone to sleep. She likes when I tell her stories in the dark and rub her back. Who wouldn’t like all that? Aside: bedtime can—if I let it—take forever.

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Talking about adoption can lead to some big questions

Answering Kids’ Big Questions About Birth Parents

Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.

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Children will start to have adoption questions in preschool

Budding Curiosity – Adoption Talks with Preschoolers

AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for answering their first questions about adoption and talking about how you became a family.

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Film reel for documentaries about adoption

Documentaries About Adoption

These nonfiction films are sure to open up dialogues about the subjects’ experiences and your family’s story long after the last frame.

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Tips for talking to tweens about adoption.

A Growing Awareness

Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what's going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Talking Matters

If you look like your child, you may be spared inquisitive glances or nosy questions about adoption from strangers. But that doesn't mean you don't have to discuss the topic.

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