Archive | Adoption

The Whole Truth

Our children’s adoption stories aren’t always easy. Here, tips for telling the tough stuff to your kids. by Rebecca Klein One of the toughest problems adoptive parents face is that of talking to our children about the reasons they were placed for adoption. Our families are so happy and loving that we hate to bring […]

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Lifebook Lessons

Five experts answer your questions in this how-to guide for creating what will likely become your child’s favorite read-to-me book. by Editorial Team Your child’s story begins before you met. It may contain a large cast of characters, perhaps a touch of mystery, and more drama in a month than many people experience in years. […]

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Time for Camp?

Parents wonder if preteens will experience separation anxiety at sleep away camp. Learn how to tell if yours is ready, and then ease the transition. For many tweens, sleep away camp is an exciting adventure. Spending a few weeks away from home can give a child more confidence and reinforce his feelings of love and […]

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“A Tale to Treasure”

Your child’s adoption story is a tale you’ll tell over and over. Put words (and pictures) to paper with these pointers to create an adoption story book that’s guaranteed to be your child’s favorite bedtime read. by Lisa Milbrand   When my husband and I decided to adopt, we filled our bookshelves with every adoption-related […]

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Beyond “Happy”: New Parents Have Complex Feelings

You will feel elated when you finally bring your child home, but you might also experience other emotions on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight. by Joni Mantell, LCSW You are finally home with your newly adopted child, and you’re […]

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How to Talk to a Child About Adoption from Infancy to Age 12

How to Talk to a Child About Adoption from Infancy to Age 12 Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015 Location: Learning Center at Babies”R”Us, 24-30 Union Square East, Manhattan, NY, NY This workshop is for adoptive parents, pre-adoptive parents and professionals. Some adoption agencies will accept this workshop as credit toward the home […]

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Therapeutic Writing for Adoptive Parents and Parents-to-Be

Parenthood — whether we’re anticipating and planning, or already in the thick of it —can sometimes be hard to wrap our heads and hearts around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings can be challenging. In this group, we’ll explore our internal experiences around adoptive parenthood through short writing exercises — such as […]

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Not Me

Written By: Danny O’Neil “I have good news for you Bob, we’ve been able to locate your mother and she has agreed to talk to you”, she continued, “She’s waiting for your call.” I stood in the middle of my kitchen and felt all light-headed and buzzy. This was a moment I’d always fantasized about. All those […]

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Personal Identity: A Core Issue of Adoption

Written By: Jeremy Robbi, M.A. The development of a positive personal identity is a common theme among transracially-adopted children. As a biracial transracial adoptee myself, I encountered several challenges growing up while developing my own identity. I would advise parents to be cognizant of two things as they endeavor to raise their transracially-adopted child to have a healthy sense […]

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Sandcastles and Waves

Written By: Marni Denenberg, an Adult Adoptee and Adoption Professional marnijill@comcast.net Life as a teenager is often described as “the best of times,” but also confusing times. For the teen who was adopted, it may seem even more confusing. I was there, I know. I was adopted at birth. All I knew about my adoption: it was […]

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