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.

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Ask AF: Birth Family Request For A Closed Adoption

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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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Making Peace with Missing Information

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.

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Telling the truth to your adopted child may be hard, but they will benefit in the long run

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child

In this excerpt from her book, Jayne Schooler offers adoptive parents tools for helping their children make sense of the past.

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