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Parenting an Adopted Child

The road to an adoption placement can be long and emotional — but for adoptive parents, this is actually just the beginning. While the basic needs for a safe, loving family and home environment are the same for every child, adopted or not, your child’s adoption story may continue to impact your parenting in a number of ways.

Adoption will continue to shape your family’s life as you experience all of the unique benefits and challenges of parenting an adopted child.

This section addresses common challenges facing adopted children and the things their parents can do to help. Find helpful information about telling your child his or her adoption story in an age-appropriate way, and consider some of the unique issues that impact adoptive families, such as blending adopted and biological children, managing birth parent relationships, addressing cultural identity and responding to negative adoption comments.

Five Essential Thoughts of Raising an Adopted Child

Five Essential Thoughts of Raising an Adopted Child

Adoption is a lifelong process, and your child's adoption story will help shape his or her life. In many adoption situations, that means there are some...

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Four Challenges Adopted Children Face and How You Can Help

Four Challenges Adopted Children Face and How You Can Help

Even when adoption is a positive experience, adopted people may struggle with issues like grief and loss. Here are some common adoption challenges, as well as...

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Talking to Your Child About Adoption

Talking to Your Child About Adoption

Weaving the topic of adoption into everyday conversation can help create a positive image of adoption, improve your child’s confidence and sense of identity, and build...

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