The Evolving Conversation

The "adoption talk" will change over the years. Sometimes you can follow your child's lead, and sometimes it will be necessary to initiate it yourself.

The "adoption talk" can happen at any time
“How will I talk to my child about adoption?” This is a question every parent asks himself or herself. Even as your new baby takes her first steps, you wonder if you’ll be ready when the questions come. Soon you realize that your child is simply your child, not your “adopted” child, and it becomes difficult even to imagine an adoption talk. But you’ll have this conversation, not just once, but over time, offering more information as your child matures. ...

Should parents initiate talk about adoption or wait for their child’s questions? Sometimes you lead, say the authors, and sometimes you follow.

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