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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, 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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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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A group of teenagers working through the "who am I" question together

“Who am I?” The Complex Quest of Adolescent Adoptees

Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.

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Tips for revealing painful adoption details to your child.

Revealing Painful Adoption Details

Children need to know their full stories before the teen years. Why, and how, to explain troubling information.

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Talking about sex with your teenager may be awkward

Talking with Teens About Sex and Dating

Having "the talk" with your teen is necessary — and it can turn into an emotional conversation about birth parents.

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