How to Talk About and Explain Adoption


Sample language, conversation guidelines, and other expert advice to help you explain adoption to your child, and answer questions from family, friends, and others.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: What’s the Big Secret?

Ask AF: What’s the Big Secret?

My 8-year-old has always seemed comfortable about adoption. Recently, though, he’s been telling classmates that he was adopted, but asking them to keep it secret. Should I be worried?

Parent and child discussing his adoption story

The Adoption Expert? Your Child

Be alert for clues about how much information your preschooler can absorb.

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Adopting from another country can create some difficult questions for your family.

“Is That Your REAL Brother?”

A Korean adoptee shares her experience growing up in a conspicuous family.

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Talking about adoption using Superman's example

“In the Company of Heroes”

Janis Cooke Newman asks herself, "Am I overdoing this adoption thing?"

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A father helps his child understand her feelings about adoption

The Good and Bad of Being “Chosen”

How to make sure your child feels good about being adopted.

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A child encounters adoption in books

Orphan Lit

From Anne of Green Gables to Harry Potter, orphans are a staple of children's literature. Here's how to help your child make sense of it all.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Relative Adoption

Answers to your parenting questions.

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A young adoptee from Guatemala

“I Adopted My Parents!” An Adoptee’s Story

A child adopted from Guatemala shares her thoughts on adoption and family.

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