A Growing Awareness

Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what's going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.

Tips for talking to tweens about adoption.
By the time your child reaches his preteen years, you will have probably laid the foundation and tried to create a safe family environment for talking about adoption. When your child was very young, he likely enjoyed hearing his adoption story and happily parroted it to anyone who would listen–even before he understood it all. Around ages six to eight, children begin to differentiate fantasy and reality, and to realize that adoption means they have two sets of parents. And ...

Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what’s going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.

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