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Talking to Children About Adoption – Part 4 of 4

If you are adopting and have other children, either biologically or through adoption, you will need to prepare them for the arrival of a sibling through adoption. If your other child/ren is/are adopted, this is going to bring up questions about their own birth and adoption story. It’s going to be a good opportunity to […]

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Talking to Children About Adoption – Part 3 of 4

If your child’s birthparents close off contact at some point, it’s important to let your child know that they are always welcome back. Let them know that their birthparents still have your phone number or address and if you’ve moved, that you’ve provided the agency with your new information so they can get it when […]

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Talking to Children About Adoption – Part 2 of 4

When talking to your child about their adoption story and you are discussing the circumstances around the placement, be honest with your child, but keep it age appropriate. Again, try to incorporate examples from every day life to make it easier to understand. For example, if your child’s birthmother was young, you could use an […]

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Talking to Children About Adoption – Part 1 of 4

It’s a good idea to think about talking to your child about their adoption story before they begin asking questions. If you begin using positive adoption language from the very beginning, they will learn it too and there won’t be anything “odd” or “uncomfortable” about it. Children learn the words that they hear and they […]

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Meryl’s Top 10 List: Strategies for Parenting at a Certain Age

When we told family and friends we were adopting, many called us brave. Here are a few of the strategies that help us manage mature parenthood with grace: #10 Say “Yes!” When someone you trust offers to watch your little one “sometime”, schedule it! You need personal time, and mommy/daddy weekends away are essential for […]

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Discussing Adoption with School Age Children

A child’s understanding of adoption increases during the school age years. Assuming that parents introduced the subject of adoption and talked openly about it (in a simple manner) during the pre-school years, now they can focus on the circumstances of why the birthparents made an adoption plan. As in the pre-school years, they should use […]

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Discussing Adoption with Pre-School Age Children

Pre-school age children do not yet have the capacity to understand adoption. However, there are several very important reasons for introducing the subject at this age: From the beginning, adoption should be a household word and subject that is discussed comfortably in the home. Talking openly about adoption aids in the adoptive parents’ comfort level […]

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Why parents choose open adoption

Having birthparents involved can seem like an unnecessary complication, especially after a long struggle with infertility. However, deciding which avenue of adoption to take is going to be your first actual parenting decision. Focusing on what is in the best interest of your future child, even if the answer stretches your comfort zone, should be […]

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