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

Dealing with Differences

Our culture isn't always compassionate toward those who fall outside the "norm." But we can help our children embrace their uniqueness — and become more tolerant, too.

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A family on a homeland journey

Is Your Family Ready for a Homeland Journey?

Heritage trips help children discover their past-and inspire who they'll become. Help your child prepare for the journey with these expert-tested tips.

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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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Rituals and traditions brought this adoptive family closer

“The Tie That Binds”

Whether you follow rituals from your own childhood or establish new ones, one truth remains the same: Traditions are what memories are made of. Here, four families share their stories.

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Finding strong role models for your child is important

Finding Good Role Models

Finding someone who understands your child's experience will help him develop a strong sense of self.

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The search for identity can be a trying time for any teen

Forging an Identity

Don't despair; these struggles can actually deepen your bond.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: A More Multicultural Neighborhood

Part of growing up is learning to understand race. Experts explain how living in a diverse neighborhood can help your child put together the puzzle.

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White adoptive parents in a multiracial family

“Embracing Differences”

Why should I try to make my son feel 'the same'? Why shouldn’t I learn to be more like him?

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Balancing cultural activities with the rest of your family routine

Balancing Cultural Activities in the Family Routine

If your child seems more interested in soccer than culture camp, don't panic.

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Andrew Lasky returned to his birth country

“Right At Home”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one adoptee describes his journey back to his birth country of Colombia.

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An adopted child ponders her racial differences

“Am I Really Pretty?”

In asking that question, was our teenage daughter really asking, Who am I? What am I becoming? How am I different from others?

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Adopting from another country can create some difficult questions for your family.

“Is That Your REAL Brother?”

A Korean adoptee shares her experience growing up in a conspicuous family.

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