Telling the Tough Stuff

When talking about adoption to your child, stick to the truth — even when it's hard.

Talking about adoption to your adopted child
Your five-year-old plays in the backyard, contentedly immersed in a world of sunshine, sandboxes, and swings. How will you bring up the fact that her birth parents left her alone in a public place? You've been evasive about the details of your eight-year-old son's life before adoption. Lately, he's been asking questions. Is now the time to tell him that his birth mother was an alcoholic? You are wondering whether your teen's recent bouts of anger result from the news ...

Here’s how to tell your child the difficult facts about his adoption in positive, age-appropriate ways…and how to keep the conversation going.

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