Tag Archives: Foster Adoption

Talking about birth parents' drug or alcohol abuse can be tough

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.

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A film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.

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When we brought our son home through foster care adoption, he taught us an important lesson.

“Real-World Lessons”: Adopting a Teenager from Foster Care

We adopted a teenager from foster care as veteran parents and thought we were prepared for what lay ahead—but our new son still taught us a thing or two.

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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 family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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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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Cover of No Matter What

[Book Review] No Matter What

Sally Donovan's memoir is an honest portrayal of the challenges of adopting from foster care.

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The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

[Book Review] The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

AF's editors review The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself, a story to help teach adoptive children that it's OK to let their defenses down and trust.

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Cover of Three More Words

[Book Review] Three More Words

Published nearly ten years after her debut memoir, Three More Words offers a closer look at Ashley Rhodes-Courter's tumultuous journey through foster care.

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[Book Review] Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Foster Youth

Adoptees write letters to other adoptees, exploring the unique feelings that only one who was adopted could understand.

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