Explaining Adoption to Your Child
This factsheet, from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, offers great guidelines for parents about when to tell, what to tell, and where to find help.
All About LifeBooks
Lifebooks not only give the gift of history to an adopted or foster child, but they can also serve as a great communications tool for parents.
Answering Those Awkward Questions
Suggestions on handling questions and comments from uninformed strangers, relatives and even close friends, who mean well, but...
Authentic Beginnings, Real Bonds
It's healthy to express a wide range of emotions, according to author Marcy Axness.
For many adoptees, being adopted means intrusive or insensitive questions and comments. Therapist, author, and adoptee Marlou Russell, Ph.D., gives parents and adoptees tools they can use to respond.
Books for Talking to Kids About Adoption
Many of our children have difficult histories; some are full of questions; some want to ask but can't verbalize the questions; some are afraid to ask. These books can help.
Chat Transcript: Talking to Kids About Adoption
Adoption educator Ronny Diamond, MSW, answered questions from adoptive parents about how and when to talk to their children about adoption. From kids too young to understand to the "you're not my parent" comment, we covered it all!
Therapist, author, and adoptee Marlou Russell, Ph.D., explains why telling an adoptee that s/he is now in a "forever family" can sound more reassuring to the adoptive parent than to the adoptee, and offers alternatives.
Happy Adoption Books
Presenting only the happy side of adoption, even to preschool adoptees, may be denying the child's reality. Therapist Marlou Russell, Ph.D., explores one situation.
How to Talk to Kids About Adoption
Lots of adults talk to kids about adoption: parents, teachers, doctors, friends, and family members. Children take their cues from adults so it's important to be aware of how we respond to questions and start discussions.
Talking About Difficult History
Holly van Gulden believes children deserve their histories even when it includes difficult events and concepts like older siblings, rape, and prison. From Pact: An Adoption Allliance.
Talking About Infertility
Suggestions on how and when to talk to children about this sensitive topic, by adoption and infertility author Pat Johnston.
Talking About Sex and Adoption
Understanding our own attitudes is the key to good communication with our children, by Anne C. Bernstein.
What Children Understand About Adoption At Different Ages
Author and parent Lois Melina offers insight into children's levels of understanding - an invaluable tool for parents to help keep answers and discussions at age-appropriate levels.
Why Children May Not Want To Talk About Adoption
Just because young adoptees don't talk about adoption doesn't mean they don't have questions that need answers, by Lois Melina.