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

How to Explain Adoption to Family and Friends

How to Explain Adoption to Family and Friends

The way you respond to questions like, “What is adoption?” can influence how a person understands adoptive families–and explains them to others. Use these ideas to correct misinformation and set a positive tone.

A new sibling through older child adoptionmay change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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A mother explaining her teen's adoption story

Answering Tough Questions

As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.

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A child engages in imaginary play

Flights of Fantasy

Imaginative play can bring your preschooler hours of fun — and offer a window into her adoption story.

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Explaining pregnancy to your preschooler

Big Tummies, Big Questions

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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interactive ways to help an older child talk about adoption and her personal history

7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.

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A new puppy can trigger an adoption conversation

Starting the Adoption Conversation

Keep talks with your child simple and relaxed. Your ease with discussing adoption lays the groundwork for a lifelong dialogue.

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Talking about adoption with your young child

Talking with Children about Adoption

Is it what you say, how early you say it, or how often you say it that matters most to your child? Barbara Russell gives tips on talking about adoption with your child.

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An adopted child whispering one of the funniest comments about adoption her mom has ever heard

Readers Share: Funniest Comments About Adoption

Parents remember the wackiest thing their child ever said about adoption.

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A child wishing her parents had told her the truth about adoption

“The Power of Truth”

I know my parents were trying to protect me. But all their secrecy made me feel like something was wrong with me.

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Father and child talking about the adoption story

Parents Share: Creating Our Child’s Adoption Story

Parents share how they impart and strengthen their child's adoption story.

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[Book Review] Wild About You!

Judy Sierra's fun and heartwarming book is perfect for bridging the topic of adoption with young children.

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