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Parenting Your Adopted Teenager
Offers information to help adoptive parents understand their adopted teenager’s experiences and needs so parents can respond with practical strategies that foster healthy development. These strategies include approaches that acknowledge trauma and loss, support effective communication, promote a teen’s independence, and address behavioral and mental health concerns.
Table of Contents
The impact of adoption on teenage development
Communicating with your teenager about adoption
Communicating and building relationships with birth family members
Helping your teenager communicate with others about adoption
Preparing your teenager for adulthood
Seeking help for behavioral and mental health concerns
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2015). Parenting your adopted teenager. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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