Relatives Say The Strangest Things

How to explain adoption to relatives who just don't get it.

Explaining adoption to relatives can be tough
"Whatever you do, don’t adopt,” insists my pushy uncle Bruce at a family holiday gathering. "Why not?” I ask. “Well, I heard somewhere that all adopted kids have problems,” he announces in a booming voice. My wife and I look at each other in disbelief. This is not the first time Bruce has said something insensitive. Yet for Linda and me, his comments are especially painful. We had gone through six years of trying to start a family and several ...

Is your extended family less than savvy about adoption? Here’s how to handle it.


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