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A father sharing a difficult adoption story

Talking About A Difficult Adoption Story

Talking About A Difficult Adoption Story

What children don't know can't hurt them, right? Think again.

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Tips for revealing painful adoption details to your child.

Revealing Painful Adoption Details

Children need to know their full stories before the teen years. Why, and how, to explain troubling information.

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“Digesting Her Adoption Story, a Piece at a Time”

As my daughter grows, she slowly and sweetly puts together the facts of her birth and adoption.

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How can you introduce adoption to your child's classmates?

Explaining Adoption in the Classroom

AF readers share their tips and tricks for bring adoption to their kids' classrooms.

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Reading children's books about adoption

“Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches a Talk About Adoption”

A beloved children's book sparked a discussion with my three-year-old daughter about adoption and her birth mother.

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Three brothers have a relationship with one's birth mother.

“Knowing Their Brother’s Birth Mother”

We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.

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One mother wonders, does her daughter really know what adoption means?

“When Will My Daughter Truly Know What Adoption Means?”

"It's a hard truth, a harsh reality to take in, that love and pain can be so connected, so entwined. When will she truly know what adoption means? When will she finally learn the whole truth of what this word means?"

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One mother tells her open adoption stories.

“Open Adoption Is…”

For our family, open adoption is peach roses, scrambling to buy bottles, and feeling out our relationship with the birth mom.

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Create an adoption storybook for your child.

Creating a Personal Adoption Storybook for Your Preschooler

Telling your child's story in book form can cement his sense of belonging in your family and boost his self-esteem.

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Birth siblings connecting.

Other Brothers (and Sisters!)

Six families share their amazing stories about the power of birth sibling connections.

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Answering questions about adoption

“Talking About Adoption…at the Grocery Store”

Young children rarely make appointments to talk about adoption, as I've found while playing with dolls, caught in gridlock, at the museum...

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How to celebrate adoptee heritage as kids grow.

Age-by-Age Ways to Celebrate Birth Culture

An age-by-age guide to cultural activities that help our children take pride in their identity.

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Adoption storybooks helped this family open up about their adoptions

“Babies and Birth Moms and Bellies, Oh My!”

When our two children began to ask questions — lots of questions — my partner and I found answers in homemade adoption storybooks.

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helping children explain open adoption to their peers

“I Have a Birth Mom, Too” – How Children Can Explain Open Adoption to Friends

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings

[Book Review] Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge To Your Child’s Beginnings

In this essential addition to the literature on adoption lifebooks, Cindy Probst provides a structured, child-centered approach to the task of writing down what happened in the earliest days of a child's life.

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Using Fantasy Play to Deal with Adoption Issues

“The Therapeutic Value of Playing Our Adoption Game”

My daughter was two when I first met her at the orphanage in Russia. I knew nothing about the first years of her life, and she has no conscious memories of that time—but an elaborate fantasy life that she cultivated gave me a glimpse into how she may have experienced her early years.

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These siblings know who their "real mom" is

“Who’s His Real Mom?”

My little brother was stunned, and I was enraged, when a schoolmate asked an innocent question.

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

Imagining Another Life

As adolescents become capable of abstract thinking, they begin to wonder about the family and the country left behind — and the road not taken.

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