When Do You Tell Your Child He or She is Adopted?

Adoption.com Original Video | Adoptive Parent Voices

Denalee Chapman August 08, 2015

Once adoption takes place, the decision about when and how to tell your child about adoption may become important. Using open communication from the beginning, it becomes just natural and simply the way a child’s life is. When the children know, right from the beginning of adopted family life, there is no shock value and it is less likely there will be big issues in relation to adoption for the child. The adoptive parents’ attitude will bleed over into the attitude of the adopted child. When it’s talked about naturally in the home, there is a sense of pride and an absence of shame. For most adoptees and adoptive parents in a family where adoption is openly discussed, negative feelings about adoption are sparse.

author image

Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.

Want to contact an adoption professional?

Love this? Want more?

Claim Your FREE Adoption Summit Ticket!

The #1 adoption website is hosting the largest, FREE virtual adoption summit. Come listen to 50+ adoption experts share their knowledge and insights.

Members of the adoption community are invited to watch the virtual summit for FREE on September 23-27, 2019, or for a small fee, you can purchase an All-Access Pass to get access to the summit videos for 12 months along with a variety of other benefits.

Get Your Free Ticket

Host: ws02.elevati.net