Sometimes, a teen's behavior calls for outside help. What to watch for and how to find the right adoption therapist.
Adolescence is tough, but don't worry: our adopted kids' experiences will usually fall well within the bounds of typical teen development.
Adoptive Families explores common situations you may face while parenting your adopted teen.
Adopt an adolescent? People do, all the time.
As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.
Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
My daughter, whom I swear I just brought home yesterday, is gracefully settling into college.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.
As teens seek independence, they rethink their relationships with all the adults in their lives — including birth parents.
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
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.
Can't pry your teen from the computer? The Internet can be a great tool for finding identity and networking with other adopted teens.
Teens have a lot of questions — including some about family religion.
One adoptive mother wonders if she should make a lifebook, even though she doesn’t have many photos of his life before he came to her. AF readers respond.
Children need to know their full stories before the teen years. Why, and how, to explain troubling information.
Having "the talk" with your teen is necessary — and it can turn into an emotional conversation about birth parents.
When their family also includes biological children, adoptees can have complex feelings about siblings and their own sense of belonging.
Adolescent adoptees offer first-person wisdom to fellow adoptees.