Tag Archives: Reluctant Relatives

Introducing adopted child to family

Family, Far and Near

Family, Far and Near

Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.

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Announcing your adoption can be done through a letter to family and friends

Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

A letter can deliver the news to loved ones in efficiently and affectionately. The key is to communicate how thrilled you are about adopting.

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A cartoon of a perfect family

“Redefining Perfect”

After giving birth to a boy and a girl, I had what other people defined as a "million dollar family." Adoption only enhanced our lives, not make it less perfect.

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One family's story

“I Want the Same Hubbub That Surrounds Pregnancy!”

When I announced our adoption plans, I hoped for the same kind of excitement that pregnant women get. After all, the happiness we're expecting is the same.

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Explaining adoption to family and friends who may not understand is an important step

Adoption Basics for Family and Friends

As they welcome your baby, help your family understand adoption at the same time.

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Read expert advice on answering rude adoption qeustions.

Answering Relatives’ Tricky Questions About Adoption

Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it's a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don't suffice.

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AF readers offer tips on announcing your adoption plans.

“We’re Adopting!” How to Announce Your Decision to Friends and Family

Adoptive Families readers share the when, what, and how of announcing their decision to grow their families.

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Teaching grandparents about adoption.

Getting the Grandparents on Board

Their grandparents' love secures our children a place in the family. Here's how to teach the older generation about adoption.

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Relatives may have trouble accepting your 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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