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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Transracial Adoptions
    Introducing Your Adopted Transracial Child
    Introducing Your Adopted Transracial Child How will your family members react if you decide to adopt a child who looks very different from them and from you? They may be shocked and upset, or they may be accepting and positive. Or, more likely, ...
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    Birthparent and Adoptive Parent Relations
    Adoption: When Problems Occur with Birthparents
    Adoption: When Problems Occur with Birthparents Although your relationship with the birthparents may start out great, sometimes problems develop later on. Keep in mind that relationships with family members (including one's own parents) are some...
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    Preparing for Adoption
    Answering Questions About Your Adoption
    Answering Questions About Your Adoption After you've adopted your child and introduced him or her to your family, friends, and acquaintances, be prepared for an onslaught of questions—some of them quite rude. For instance, don't be surprised i...
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    Preparing for Adoption
    What is Readoption?
    What is Readoption? In the case of intercountry adoptions, some countries issue a final adoption decree to the adoptive parents while they are in the country. But the parents may seek a readoption, an additional adoption in their home state beyo...
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    Preparing for Adoption
    Getting Ready for Your Adopted Child
    Getting Ready for Your Adopted Child Once it begins to sink in that you will actually be bringing a new person into your home and family, you'll start to think about just how much there is to do to prepare for him or her. I'll walk you through s...
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    Challenges With an Adopted Child
    Raising Your Adopted Child: Problems
    Raising Your Adopted Child: Problems Adoptinfo An adoption issue is a problem that preoccupies and distresses an adopted child and is related to adoption. For example, fear that a birthparent might kidnap the child is an adoption issue. So what ...
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    Preparing for Adoption
    Waiting for Your Adopted Child
    Waiting for Your Adopted Child The wait is the hardest of all for you, the future adopter. Sure, other people can aggravate you with interminable questions, but you have an awful lot of questions, hopes, and fears yourself. So how do you manage ...
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    Birthparent and Adoptive Parent Relations
    Birthmothers Who Change Their Minds About Adoption
    Birthmothers Who Change Their Minds About Adoption Probably the most intensely felt fear of adopters is that the birthmother will make an adoption plan—and then flip-flop and decide to raise the child herself. Very few birthmothers change thei...
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    Birthparent and Adoptive Parent Relations
    Adoption: Meeting a Birthmother
    Adoption: Meeting a BirthmotherSome agencies or attorneys (or other adoption arrangers) think it's a good idea for a woman to meet the people who want to adopt her child. Some arrangers recommend a meeting on a first-name basis, whereas others f...
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    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...
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    Birthparent and Adoptive Parent Relations
    Prenatal Adoption Information
    Prenatal Adoption Information If the child you're planning to adopt isn't yet born, whatever information you can gain about the pregnant woman and about the child's prenatal condition is important. Researchers are discovering that prenatal condi...