Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.
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.
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.
My 11-year-old has two younger birth siblings who were adopted by another family. That family recently moved into our community. My son often asks if he has siblings. I have not told him yes or no yet, and now it’s so late.
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.
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.
These nonfiction films are sure to open up dialogues about the subjects’ experiences and your family’s story long after the last frame.
Your grade-schooler wants to know about her history — so be ready to talk.
How to prepare your child for a new sibling.
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.
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.