Talking to Kids

Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Between the ages of three and five, children love hearing the story of how you became a family, and begin to ask their first, simple questions about adoption. AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for talking.

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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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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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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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