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A mother and daughter talking about her birth family

Birth Family 101

Birth Family 101

Your grade-schooler wants to know about her history — so be ready to talk.

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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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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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An adopted child whispering one of the funniest comments about adoption her mom has ever heard

Readers Share: Funniest Comments About Adoption

Parents remember the wackiest thing their child ever said about adoption.

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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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Pregnancy and birth talks don't need to be about the stork!

Answering Kids’ Questions About Reproduction

Kids' questions about sex are a tad more complicated when adoption is involved. Here, our experts give you the answers you need.

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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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The "adoption talk" can happen at any time

The Evolving Conversation

Should parents initiate talk about adoption or wait for their child's questions? Sometimes you lead, say the authors, and sometimes you follow.

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Father and child talking about the adoption story

Parents Share: Creating Our Child’s Adoption Story

Parents share how they impart and strengthen their child's adoption story.

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Talking About Adoption with Your Adopted Child: FAQs

What Do I Tell My Child?

Speaking about birth history helps all family members get used to the words and narrative, and lets your child know that he or she can always come forward with questions and emotions about birth parents.

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Explaining pregnancy to your preschooler

Big Tummies, Big Questions

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.

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This family remembers birth mothers on Mother's Day

“A Mother’s Day Not About Me”

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.

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Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event

“Re-Celebrating My Daughter’s First Nine Birthdays”

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.

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A new puppy can trigger an 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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