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“I Forgot to Be Scared”

“I Forgot to Be Scared”

A 13-year-old shares his adoption story.

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stepchild adoption

“Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?”

I could have merely been her stepmother, but Taylor and I chose to love each other. Not even adolescence can take that away from us.

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Helping transracially adopted teens answer questions about race from peers

Ask the Transracial Parenting Expert: Helping Teens Answer Questions About Race

"Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?"

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Here's how to cope when your child starts searching for birth family online.

When Teens Find Birth Family Online

Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.

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Adopted teens can use birth parents as a weapon when they're upset

Responding to “My Real Mom Would Let Me!”

When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.

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Understanding teens and open adoption

Teens and Open Adoption

As teens seek independence, they rethink their relationships with all the adults in their lives — including birth parents.

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Your adopted teen may have some questions for you.

6 Questions Every Adopted Teen Wants Answered

In this excerpt from Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, we take a look at what goes on in the minds of teens, and offer advice for talking with them.

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Parenting adopted teens will have its ups and downs

Special Report: Adoption & Teens — The Psychological Background

Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.

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Adoption and teens can be a volatile mix at times

Special Report: Adoption & Teens — Parenting Strategies

Adoptive Families explores common situations you may face while parenting your adopted teen.

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Melissa and Maya Ludtke at the Xiaxi market in 2004, the trip that inspired Touching Home in China

Two Adoptees on Going “Home” to China, Again

After a birth country visit to China that was too much, too soon for my seven-year-old daughter, she and a friend returned on their own terms as teens. The trip helped them imagine what their lives might have been and explore their Chinese-American identities.

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