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A girl answers intrusive questions about adoption at school

How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School

How Preteens Can Answer Prying Questions at School

How to help your middle schooler cope with curious peers.

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Teens Alejandro and Rosanna, adopted as older children from foster care

“Letting the 13-Year-Old Drive”

How do you empower a child entering his teen years in a state of defeat, powerlessness, and utter self-disregard? You give him a key and tell him to take off!

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An adoptive mother and her teen daughter share a moment of empathy and connection

Navigating the Teen Years, Part 1: Setting “Adoption-Sensitive” Limits

As a teen, your child still needs and wants you to be a strong parent—not in a controlling fashion, but as a reliable authority in his or her life. Read on for 10 ways to establish yourself in this role.

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Teenage adoption stories: Helping adoptees who feel different

Dealing with the Unwanted Spotlight

When children enter a family as older children or teens, or even when older children who are adopted move from one school setting to another, some of the ordinary issues of school life can become complicated for them.

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A teen navigates the social stigmas of adoption

Confronting Stereotypes and Prejudice About Adoption

"Adopted Teen Arrested," the newspaper headline reads (never "Birth Teen Arrested"). Is this just another example of sensationalism by the media or do adopted teens get into more trouble than their non-adopted peers?

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Dealing with the loss of a grandparent

Dealing with Loss of a Grandparent

Often, the loss of a grandparent will be your child's first experience with death. If a child is close to her grandparent, the loss will be that much harder.

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An illustration for talking to adopted children as they become teens

Supporting Your Teen’s Developing Identity

Questions from their peers get more complicated for our teens—and their peers' questions may reflect their own worries about adoption.

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A group of teens who may encounter insensitive comments about adoption

“Is That Your Family?”

By now, you and your teen have established a firm family bond. But outsiders may not see it that way.

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An adopted child is experiencing stress at school

Alleviating Adoptee Stress at School

Every Sunday evening, at the Gordon house, 10-year-old Kelly began complaining about something. Her pains ranged from stomachaches to sore throats. She said she felt too unwell to go to school the next day.

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Family Activities

Family Activities (That Don’t Involve Screens)

It can be a challenge to tear tweens away from their screens for some good old fashioned family bonding—until you try one of these activities!

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Browsing baby stores helps my adopted teen and I bond and talk about the years we missed out on as mother and daughter

“Bonding with My Teen in the Baby Department”

My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.

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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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