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.

Girl fantasizes about her birth parents

Imaginary Birth Parents

Imaginary Birth Parents

Your child may never have met his first mom and dad. But that doesn't mean he's not spinning stories about them.

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Share your positive experiences with adoption

“Can You Talk to My Friend About Adoption?”

A family we barely knew gave us the encouragement we needed to adopt. I repay their kindness by doing the same for others.

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Bringing up adoption in school is your family's decision

Is Your Child Ready for School?

She has her backpack, pencils, and notebook. But does she know how to field adoption questions that might come her way?

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Birth Family Request for a Closed Adoption

Our child's birth family does not want any contact with our family. How can we explain this to our son?

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