When Janice and Paul's daughter turned 7, they breathed a sigh of relief. Last year Emily's favorite word was "no," and she talked back constantly. Alas, now she seemed worried and sad. She felt that no one liked her at school, that the other kids thought she was weird.
Around age six or seven, children start to wonder, "Who am I?" This is when our children can truly understand that joining your family through adoption means they left another.
When presenting adoption to 10-year-olds, the teacher's cooperation and your child's involvement are key.
We asked AF readers to share their stories. Here's what they said!
A lifebook can fill in the gaps of your child's early story — and creating it can be a fun project for all of you.
View the replay of a webinar with adoption medicine specialist Sarah Springer, M.D., FAAP, to learn why sleep problems are common in children after adoption, and get her advice and solutions.
With the right props and preparation, my adoption presentation to my son's first-grade class went wonderfully. He was proud to be a part of it, and I was proud of him.
The school year brings the realization that not every child has two sets of parents. Here's how to help your child cope.
Games of being found and reunion can comfort all children.
Looking back, I began the journey of adopting an older child somewhat naively. My daughter and I agree that these seven truths could have made our path to happy a little bit easier.
The recession is a grown-up problem, but kids may be having money-related concerns of their own. Here's how to calm their fears.
Creative solutions for tricky school assignments, from bringing in a baby picture to the family tree.
How one mother set out to educate her town.
There’s nothing like a school’s insensitivity to adoption to turn a quiet mom into a bold activist.
Some parents choose to talk to their child’s teacher about adoption. Others believe it’s a private matter. Here’s how your fellow readers weigh in.
When questions about adoption start circulating at my son's school, I step in with a tried-and-true presentation.
Should you tell the teacher that your child was adopted? What happens when your child doesn't share your ability to learn? Parents share advice and offer support on these and other questions.
The end of the school year can be stressful for children and parents. Here’s a guide for making it a smoother transition.
Many adoptive parents mistake talking about the culture or place their child is from is enough. Learn why talking about birth parents matters.
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.