Ask AF: Birth Family Request for a Closed Adoption

Here, advice on explaining a closed adoption to your child, without hurting his feelings.

Q: Although our child's birth parents are raising his birth siblings, they have been adamant about wanting no contact with our family. How can we explain this to our son?   A: Share the information you have with your child in an age-appropriate manner, and empathize with his desire to know more about his birth parents. It's OK to say that you wish he had contact with them, too. Children may have difficulty understanding why their birth parents are parenting ...

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