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Ask AF: How to Explain to My Child That His Birth Mother Was Addicted to Drugs?

Ask AF: How to Explain to My Child That His Birth Mother Was Addicted to Drugs?

My child’s birth mother has a drug addiction. How should I explain this to him? How can I do so without sounding judgmental about his birth mother?

An adoptive mother hugs her preteen daughter after a good talk about adoption

What Do Preteens Think About Adoption?

Before the moody teen years, pre-adolescence can present its own challenges for parents. How should you respond to tweens’ questions about adoption or initiate conversation with a preteen who doesn’t seem eager to talk?

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“Overcoming All Odds”

Although we knew our South American-born son would face challenges growing up in a predominantly white middle class suburb, we were totally unprepared for what was to come.

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Talking about adoption can lead to some big questions

Answering Kids’ Big Questions About Birth Parents

Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.

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Book Review: Kids, Parents, And Power Struggles: Winning For A Lifetime

This straightforward book is perfect for helping parents avoid emotional warfare.

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8 Ways to Help Your Kids Deal with Violence

When children are exposed to violence—in their first home, at school, or in the media—it's our job as parents to help them process it. Here's how.

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How to Get an IEP

How to Get Your Child Help at School

When a child has learning problems, often the first step is an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Here's what you need to know.

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effects of adoption on adoptees

Do Adoptees Struggle with Change and Transition?

"My daughter has greater difficulties with transitions than her friends who were born into their families. If we know a transition is coming, we prepare."

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Explaining adoption to preschoolers should stay mostly light-hearted

What Preschoolers Can Understand About Adoption

When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family's love.

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Speech and language skills are an important part of a baby's development

Your Child’s Speech and Language Development

What you need to know to assess your child's speech and language skills, and how to get help if you suspect trouble.

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A Forest of Family Trees

Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.

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Problems with language can be overcome

Addressing Learning and Language Delays

Early assessment can make all the difference when a child has learning or language developmental delays.

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