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Your adopted teen may have some questions for you.

6 Questions Every Adopted Teen Wants Answered

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, Part 1 — 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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Adopted Gay Teen

If Your Teen Is Gay

Bruce had been a cheerful, outgoing child who had many friends. But when he turned 15, his parents noticed a change in him. He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious. One day, when Bruce and his mother, Karen, were driving home from school, he seemed particularly down. When Karen asked him what was wrong, he said, "I'm not who you think I am."

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Birth Parents on Their Minds

Your teen probably spends a lot of time thinking (or fantasizing) about her birth mother. Here's how to get some of those thoughts out in the open.

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Adoption and teens can be a volatile mix at times

Special Report: Adoption & Teens, Part 2 — Parenting Strategies

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

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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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A girl navigating difficult peer relationships and getting rejected

What Will Their Friends Think?

As kids grow up, they look to their friends for acceptance — and desperately want to fit in.

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Boy watching TV special on celebrity adoptions

Fantasies of Fame

Does your preteen wish he were part of the Brangelina clan? Here's how to help him deal with feelings of loss triggered by celebrity adoptions.

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