Why Didn't They Keep Me?

Your child will eventually get curious about his or her birth parents. Answer their questions with honesty and respect.

Answering questions about your child's birth parents
Six-year-old Michael wants to call his birth father in Texas and ask why he didn't keep him. Eight-year-old Rachel asks her mother, "Did I look funny when I was born? There must have been something wrong with me." Nine-year-old Suzanne wants to know whether her birth mother has freckles like she does. Why Now? All three of these school-age kids are thinking about their birth parents. Their questions and behavior are typical of this age but often surprise adoptive parents. ...

Answering kids’ questions about birth parents.


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