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Relatives may have trouble accepting your adoption.

“When Relatives Never Get Adoption”

“When Relatives Never Get Adoption”

Two AF readers open up about the painful and rarely talked-about experience of dealing with a relative who never gets on board.

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

When the Circle of Family Grows

Parents always celebrate when a new child joins their family. But adoptive moms and dads might want to mark their blessed event with a meaningful ceremony beyond the usual festivities.

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

Private Isn’t Secret

Nosy comments from strangers are one thing. But what do you do when it's a child who's asking difficult questions?

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Friendships with other adopted children can help your child feel like she fits in

Friends Like Me: The Value of Adoptee Peer Groups

Want to do something wonderful for your grade-schooler? Hook her up with other kids who were adopted.

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Children having fun in adoption playgroups

The Benefits of Adoption Playgroups

An adoption playgroup can be a wonderful source of support for children as well as parents.

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

Family Night

Getting everyone together once a week can be invaluable for family unity.

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

Feeling Like Part of the Extended Family

The more you involve the grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and cousins, too) in you adoption process, the more your child feels like part of the clan.

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Share your positive experiences with adoption

“Can You Talk to My Friend About Adoption?”

A family we barely knew gave us the encouragement we needed to adopt. I repay their kindness by doing the same for others.

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A family in front of their keepsake quilt

“A Quilt for my Daughter”

By contributing squares filled with a prayer, blessing, hope, or dream, my friends and family became part of our adoption.

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Adoption and teenage years

When Your Teen Starts to Date

As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?

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Preschoolers will need to answer a lot of questions about adoption

When the Questions Begin

Your preschooler is curious — and so are his peers. Help him get ready for inquiring young minds.

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