• Babies and Toddlers
    Informing the Adopted Child
    Explaining Adoption to a Child: Handling Sensitive Situations
    Explaining Adoption to a Child: Handling Sensitive Situations In many cases, parents can tell their children that birthparents made a positive choice to place them for adoption. But sometimes the situation was not so upbeat or easy to explain. H...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Informing the Adopted Child
    Explaining Adoption to a Teenager
    Explaining Adoption to a Teenager It's important that children know they were adopted before they reach adolescence; it's too turbulent a time to suddenly surprise them with the news. Even if your teenage child already knows, however, he may sti...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Informing the Adopted Child
    Explaining Adoption to a School-Aged Child
    Explaining Adoption to a School-Aged Child As children grow, they start to ask even tougher questions about adoption. For example, if the birthmother was poor, why didn't someone give her money so she could be a parent? Or, if she wasn't ready t...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Informing the Adopted Child
    Explaining Adoption to a Young Child
    Explaining Adoption to a Young Child A simple story about adoption can suffice for the child who is 3 or 4. Most children like to hear their “adoption story.” When my son was little, he loved his story. He wanted to be told again and again h...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Informing the Adopted Child
    My Mom Won't Tell Me About My Adoption
    At 15, you are mature enough to know the facts surrounding your birth and adoption. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Informing the Adopted Child
    Telling a Child She's Adopted
    There are many resources and organizations that advise adoptive parents on how and what to tell adopted kids at every chronological and developmental age and stage. ...