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Gotcha Day

Parent-to-Parent: The Great Gotcha Debate

Parent-to-Parent: The Great Gotcha Debate

The term "Gotcha Day" has ardent fans and strong detractors in the adoption community. We asked Adoptive Families readers how they feel about it, and whether they use the term in their family. Here's what you said.

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Two preschool girls engaging in make-believe

The Tales They Tell

Preschoolers love stories. Listen carefully and you might learn a thing or two.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Sharing Negative Information

My nine-year-old daughter was adopted as an infant. She's been asking me about her birth parents, so I searched. I was devastated by the information I found, and have no idea when and how to reveal the details. Her birth mother died from complications due to alcoholism; her birth father has done time in prison and is now AWOL.

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Adoption Plan

“According to Our Adoption Plan”

Adopting a third child so quickly wasn't part of our initial design. But I've learned that the best things happen when you least expect them.

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An adopted child pondering new questions about her adoption

New Questions About Open Adoption

As our child gets older, he keeps coming up with more and more questions about his adoption!

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Birth siblings enjoying each other's company

Bringing Up Birth Siblings

Our daughter has birth siblings she doesn't know about, but we don't know how to tell her.

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A mother preparing her adopted daughter for questions about racial differences

Question Confidence

Other kids are going to ask about it — so prepare your preschooler for questions about adoption.

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Toddler boy and his new sibling

New Kid on the Block

Adding to your family again? Ease the transition for your preschooler by being prepared for new-sibling anxiety.

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Preschooler's questions can be tough

Understanding Your Preschooler’s Questions — “I Want That, Too!”

Your preschooler may ask you for all kinds of things. But what is he really saying?

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An adopted child concerned about trafficking

Intercountry Adoption — Talking Truthfully About Trafficking

Talking to your child about the possibility of trafficking is not easy. Here's how to open the dialogue.

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Daughter learning about different levels of birth mother contact from sibling's birth mother

Explaining Different Levels of Birth Mother Contact to Kids

We know very little about our nine-year-old's birth mom, but her younger brother talks to his. How can we help her?

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A preteen girl handling racism

The Elephant in the Room: Handling Racism

We want to start teaching our daughter about racism early on, but we have no idea where to start.

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A group of teenagers working through the "who am I" question together

“Who am I?” The Complex Quest of Adolescent Adoptees

Every teen is involved in the complicated process of forming an identity. For adoptees, the process has a few extra layers.

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In this personal essay, one mother describes how bonding was different with her adopted daughter and her biological daughter.

“How was the bonding?”

The woman's question was the very one I had long ago asked strangers. And it was one I'd had to find the answer to on my own.

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A mother discussing her daughters' adoption story

Share Your Story: How Have You Told Your Child’s Adoption Story?

How have you handled conversations with your child about his or her adoption story? Real AF readers answer.

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In the silence of a broken TV, one mother found herself answering questions about adoption.

“Our Conversations About Adoption”

When the TV broke down, the questions came up—hard ones.

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