Talking With Your Internationally Adopted Child About Adoption

What is the best way to talk with your children about adoption? The truth is that adoption means different things to different children. How children feel about and process adoption is individual. Because of this, the time, the place, and the method of talking with your adopted children about adoption will vary. Being in tune with your adopted child, staying open and letting your child know that you’re open to talk about adoption, and allowing your child to choose the time and the amount of discussion is important. There will always be questions that adopted children have. Our panelists suggest giving your children the freedom to talk about it—and the freedom to ignore it if desired.