A child's feelings about adoption are complex. They effect every part of his self: personal identity, self-confidence, and their understanding of who they are, and where they came form. Understanding these thoughts, feelings, and responses can be challenging for both adoptees and adoptive parents.
Being adopted can create many feelings of
being different. Children need to understand that while
adoption is wonderful, that it also involves loss and grief and that their
birth parent's decision to adopt was not about them. They need to hear their parents
discuss their feelings about adoption. Children need age appropriate information about their adoption and it needs to be addressed by the adoptive family in a positive way.
Labels: adjusting, Adoption Awareness, Attachment, bonding, Family, Parenting, Parenting Teens