an you recommend some books that will help us explain the facts of life?
Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.
We have an open adoption with our 30-month-old son’s birth family. Last night we were looking at a photo album.
Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.
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.
Is it what you say, how early you say it, or how often you say it that matters most to your child? Barbara Russell gives tips on talking about adoption with your child.
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.
Let what your child can understand about adoption guide what you tell him about his story.
Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.
My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.
Answers to your parenting questions.
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
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.
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.
Want to get your young child to open up about adoption? Stop talking and start playing!
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
Preschoolers are starting to notice racial differences. Adoptive parents have a responsibility to talk about them.
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.