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Written by Family Connections
on March 06, 2024

It is important to talk with your child about adoption from the very start.

From the Very Start

A lot of people express that they don't talk with their infant about adoption because they can't understand, they are too young. But talking about adoption with your infant isn't always about them understanding, it is also about adoption language becoming an everyday, common thing in your life. It is about becoming comfortable talking about your child's adoption so that when they are older you have created a safe and open environment where they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. This can be achieved by creating a non-judgmental space where they can freely ask questions and share their emotions. Encourage open communication and let them know that their feelings are valid and respected. Talking about adoption from a very early age can help your child feel confident in their adoption story.

Additionally, ensure that your child feels loved and supported throughout the conversation. Reassure them that adoption does not change your love for them and that you will always be there for them. Building trust and maintaining a safe environment is crucial in helping your child understand and process the concept of adoption. Help them understand that adoption is a normal and beautiful way to become a family.

Using Age-Appropriate Language

When talking to your child about adoption, it is important to use age-appropriate language. Keep the conversation simple and use words and concepts that they can easily understand. Avoid using complex terminology or discussing details that may overwhelm them.There are many children's books about adoption that you can read to your child.

When they are old enough to ask questions, only answer what they are looking for, do not give them more than they have asked for because it may overwhelm them. Be prepared to answer their questions in a way that is appropriate for their age and level of understanding. Using age-appropriate language will help your child grasp the concept of adoption and feel more comfortable discussing it.

Emphasizing Unconditional Love and Support

Throughout the conversation about adoption, it is crucial to emphasize the unconditional love and support that exists within your family. Reassure your child that their adoption does not change your love for them and that they are an irreplaceable part of your family.

Explain that families are made through love and that their adoption is a testament to the love that brought you all together. Let them know that they are valued, cherished, and supported unconditionally. This emphasis on love and support will help your child feel secure and accepted.

Seeking Professional Guidance and Support

If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about how to talk to your child about adoption, it is important to seek professional guidance and support. Adoption can be a complex topic, and professionals such as therapists or adoption counselors can provide valuable insights and advice.

They can help you navigate the conversation, address any concerns or challenges, and provide resources to further support your child's understanding of adoption. Remember, seeking professional guidance is not a sign of weakness but a proactive step towards ensuring a healthy and positive conversation about adoption.

Family Connections has provided services to  both birth families and adoptive families since 1994. Family Connections is a New York State authorized child placing agency that is also Hague accredited. If you would like more information about adoption please click on the link below to request a one on one, free consultation with an adoption professional.

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