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Ask AF: Responding to Insensitive and Discouraging Comments During the Wait

Ask AF: Responding to Insensitive and Discouraging Comments During the Wait

“I’m so excited to be moving forward in the adoption process, but, when I share that news, I’ve been surprised and frankly dismayed at some of the reactions I’ve gotten. These range from dismissive to fearful and discouraging.”

Introducing adopted child to family

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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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.

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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A grandfather and granddaughter, holding hands

“Journey Towards Love: Mimi and her Grandfather”

For months a mother tried to convince her dad that he could be a grandparent to the little girl she was bringing home. It took the child considerably less time to bring him around.

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A man who was initially afraid of adoption, happy with his daughter, adopted from China

“I Needed This All Along”

Five years on: We have been “trying” for three years, and now are deep into the medical crapshoot of infertility treatment. Soon it becomes clear that we will never have our own biological children.

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Would adopting older children internationally out of birth order make out family less "perfect"?

“Redefining Perfect”

After giving birth to a boy and a girl, I had what other people defined as a "million dollar family." A few years later, family and friends questioned our decision to adopt two older children, out of birth order, when we had the "perfect" family.

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Questions About Adoption

Their Questions About Adoption, Our Answers

Short answers to questions people ask about adoption, plus the straight facts, if you want to educate.

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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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new mother talking to her father about open adoption as the new grandparents admire newborn baby

Helping Family Understand Open Adoption

Your family — especially older relatives — may not get why you are choosing an open adoption. Adoption expert Kathleen Silber gives advice on what to say.

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