Parenting - Adoption | 3-18 yrs

Telling Your Child He's Adopted


Parenting an adopted child can be a challenge. Letting them know that they are adopted is even more so, as it is a very sensitive issue for both the child and the parents. So, if you have an adopted child, what should you do to make them know the truth and yet not take away their sense of belongingness to you?

Adoption is an ancient practice. Although an adopted child immediately becomes a part of the family, accepting him as normally as your own biological offspring takes time. The best way to overcome the psychological barriers related to adoption is to make the concept of adoption feel normal, first to yourself and then to your child.

Each case of adoption may have a different story behind it, and in your case, you’ll know best how to deal with the facts. It could either be the death of biological parents, abandonment due to poverty or any other issue. It is important to know when to tell, how much to tell and in what manner. Make sure that your child is emotionally mature enough to be able to handle the feelings that come with the revelations.

Letting your child know that she was adopted should be done in steps rather than breaking the details point blank. There are several innovative ways of doing so. You can start by first making your adopted child understand what adoption is; let it be understood between you and her that the concepts of love, care, home and family are not defined by biological relation.

Our ClipBook, with its collection of insightful articles on adoption, will help you with some guidelines. From common questions that crop in the minds of adopted children to things you should refrain from saying to them, you’ll get to know all. Read on.


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