Your preschooler may hit you with surprising questions at the most unexpected times and places!
We asked readers about your most treasured photos from your trips to the hospital or country where your children were born. Here are some of the most meaningful scenes and stories you shared from your adoption journeys.
How can our close friends explain our domestic adoption of a five-year-old to their young children, ages three to six?
I’m worried that my lack of a relationship with any family members will negatively affect our impending home study report.
Our seven-year-old daughter knows her adoption story, but, lately, she's been asking a lot of questions about why she was 'given up.'
Our daughter’s birth mother says she has no idea who the birth father is. We don’t know his first name or even the color of his hair.
My younger daughter adopted her sister’s child. My granddaughter’s now eight, and knows that she was adopted, but she doesn’t know that her “Auntie” is her birth mother.
Our eight-year-old has been telling his classmates that his birth mother “gave him up” because he was “bad.”
Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.
Even if you've made a scrapbook or lifebook for your child, kids this age like to tell their own stories. Here's how to help.
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
Use this guide to plan a family movie night or two this season. These flicks will captivate your kids, and open up adoption talks long after the credits have rolled.
In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.
My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.
Tips for capturing the journey leading up to your child's adoption, and the precious moments after, in scrapbook your family will cherish forever.
Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.
Through normal, imaginary play, children in the preschool years can conquer their fears, conjure their birth mothers, and learn to understand their stories.
"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.
AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for answering their first questions about adoption and talking about how you became a family.
Follow these pointers to capture your child's adoption story in a personalized picture book.