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.
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.
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.
How to prepare your child for a new sibling.
You’ve decided you’re ready to grow your family — again. Here’s help with answering the questions you didn’t have to ask the first time you adopted.
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.
Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what's going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.
If you look like your child, you may be spared inquisitive glances or nosy questions about adoption from strangers. But that doesn't mean you don't have to discuss the topic.
Kids' questions about sex are a tad more complicated when adoption is involved. Here, our experts give you the answers you need.
We may feel one way or the other, but it's our kids who must decide.
Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?
Should parents initiate talk about adoption or wait for their child's questions? Sometimes you lead, say the authors, and sometimes you follow.