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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Proceeding with Caution in Birth Family Search

Proceeding with Caution in Birth Family Search

Adoptive parents sometimes initiate birth parent searches before their children are emotionally prepared to deal with the results.

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Telling the truth to your adopted child may be hard, but they will benefit in the long run

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child

In this excerpt from her book, Jayne Schooler offers adoptive parents tools for helping their children make sense of the past.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Open Adoption Family Dynamic

As more of us live with open adoption, we're seeing how it plays out in daily life — and bumping into some unanticipated wrinkles.

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“Someone Who Shares My Joy”

Our open adoption allows us to share the love we have for our daughter with her birth parents.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Making Peace with Missing Information

We may not have the answers to all of our children's questions about adoption and their birth families. But we must accept that fact, so we can help our children come to terms with it, too.

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Adoption and teenage years

When Your Teen Starts to Date

As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?

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Anna's family helped her though her birth mother reunion

“A Last-Minute Birth Mother Reunion”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Birth Family Request for a Closed Adoption

Our child's birth family does not want any contact with our family. How can we explain this to our son?

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Birth parents and adoptive parents can work together to benefit the child

A Birth Mother on The Open Adoption “Covenant”

Treat birth family as if they were extended family members: your child will benefit.

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Talking about birth with your adopted child

Did I Grow in Your Tummy?

Three-year-olds are fascinated by pregnancy and families. Here's how to have a "tummy talk" with your adopted child.

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Ask AF: Talking About Sex & Marriage

Ronny Diamond discusses introducing conservative views on sex and marriage to your adopted child, without appearing to judge their birth family.

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