Making Peace With Missing Information

There may always be missing information in your adoption — and that's okay.

Now that most adoption education resources emphasize openness as essential for healthy psychological development, and it is common for children to have ongoing relationships with their birth families, parents whose children know little or nothing about their origins may wonder how this lack of information will affect them. More and more, families who adopt internationally receive details about their children's backgrounds — including identifying information about the birth families — but many still do not. In the U.S., several states ...

We may not have the answers to all of our children’s questions about adoption and their birth families. But we must accept that fact, so we can help our children come to terms with it, too.

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