The Big Questions

AF looks at what's going on in the school-age child's mind, and offers tips for talking about adoption, especially when they ask hard questions you'll have a hard time answering.

Talking about adoption can lead to some big questions
You've probably told your child his story from a very young age. As a toddler, he picked up on your cheerful tone when you talked about adoption. In early childhood, children generally accept adoption as a happy, positive family narrative. By the preschool years, your child may have learned his story verbatim, and loved to chime in when you recited the tale. Even so, he probably understood few of the words or concepts being used. Between the ages of six ...

Between the ages of six and eight, children begin to ask more sophisticated questions about adoption. Here are some ways to respond.

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