It can be difficult for parents to find the words to talk about adoption with their children and others. Adoptees may not know how to respond to questions from classmates or strangers. Find resources in this section to help families and adopted people talk about adoption.
The Adopted Child's Changing View
The Center for Adoption Support and Education
Provides a timeline showing how a child's understanding of adoption develops. This information can guide parents how to have age-appropriate discussions about adoption with their children.
Talking With Kids About Adoption
Creating a Family
Provides interviews with adoption professionals, blogs, and suggested books on how parents can discuss adoption with their children in a manner that is developmentally appropriate.
What's the Best Way to Handle My Child's Questions About Her Adoption?
American Academy of Pediatrics (2007)
Provides tips on how to talk about adoption in daily life and includes a list of questions that adopted children may ask their parents.