Our child's birth family does not want any contact with our family. How can we explain this to our son?
Talking About Adoption - Explaining Difficult Details
Children need to know all the aspects of their adoption stories, but parents may not know how to explain some details. Below, find expert advice on talking about tough adoption topics, such as poverty, criminal behavior, abandonment, abuse or neglect.
We may not have the answers to all of our children's questions about adoption and their birth families. But we must accept that fact, so we can help our children come to terms with it, too.
Adoption expert Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT, discusses how to explain the death of a birth father to your child, especially when the birth father has been rarely mentioned.
In this excerpt from her book, Jayne Schooler offers adoptive parents tools for helping their children make sense of the past.