Explaining Adoption to Family, Friends, and Others


When your family grows through adoption, your family and friends may need a little adoption education—and some may just not “get” it. Find pointers on explaining adoption to people who touch your family’s life, responding to nosy questions, and safeguarding the private details of your child’s pre-adoption history.

A supermarket employee asking nosy questions of an adoptive mother

Nosy Questions, Little Ears

Nosy Questions, Little Ears

Ever since our children were babies, we've heard them, ignored them, and answered them. But how do we handle them in the preschool years?

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what a family means

“What Is Family?”

Being an adoptive parent begs the question, "what makes a family?" How I helped others to understand that my son by adoption is simply my son.

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advocating for open adoption

“Open Minds, Open Hearts”

Five years ago, my husband Pat and I knew nothing about open adoption. Today, we are staunch advocates of it and the very proud parents of two beautiful children who came home to us through open adoption. The journey to our children and to lovingly accept open adoption, however, was not an easy one. We learned that having an open mind was the key to having an open heart.

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Gotcha Day

Parent-to-Parent: The Great Gotcha Debate

The term "Gotcha Day" has ardent fans and strong detractors in the adoption community. We asked Adoptive Families readers how they feel about it, and whether they use the term in their family. Here's what you said.

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Adoptees through same race adoption talk about explaining physical dissimilarities

“Where Did You Get Those Dimples?”

Even among same-race families physical differences can prompt curious questions. How did you handle it?

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Our Readers Share: The Best and Worst Comments About Adoption

Our Readers Share: The Best and Worst Comments About Adoption

We asked our readers, and they shared the rudest and most beautiful comments about adoption they've heard from friends, strangers, and family alike.

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A multiracial family in the adoption community

When Other Adoptive Parents Don’t Understand

Acknowledging our connection to all adoptive families strengthens our children’s place in the world.

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How do you respond to inappropriate adoption questions?

Share Your Story: Intrusive Questions

Our readers share their stories about how they handle intrusive questions about adoption.

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One mom explains special needs adoption to her son's class.

“I’m a Lot Like You”

In a letter to her son’s kindergarten class, a ghost-writing mom explains what it means to be adopted and to have cerebral palsy.

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A family formed through international adoption

“Why Did You Buy a Foreign Child?”

When an anonymous poster invaded our neighborhood message board, I knew I had to answer back.

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