Experts all agree that it is important to talk to adopted children about adoption and their birth parents, but that's easier said than done. In this course, we interview Dr. Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, LCSW, and Director of Adoptions and Foster Care at Vista Del Mar; and Chantilly Wijayasinha MSW, MPH, and Adoption Coordinator at Vista Del Mar, about how parents should talk to their children about their adoption and when that discussion should begin.

This course covers the following topics:

  • When is it recommended that parents start talking about adoption with their child?
  • How do the developmental stages of early childhood impact understanding of adoption?
  • At what age do children really grasp the full meaning of being adopted?
  • Why do parent fear talking about adoption and birth parents with their adopted children?
  • How can parents talk with infants about adoption?
  • How can parents talk with toddlers about adoption?
  • How can parents talk with preschoolers about adoption?
  • What are some common questions young children ask about adoption?
  • What is positive adoption language parents can use with young children?
  • What should parents do if their child does not ask questions about adoption?
  • How should parents talk with siblings or other children in the family about the adoption of a child?
  • Little children think adoption is cool and are prone to share (or overshare) any information told. How should you handle treating information privately?
  • When should you start sharing some of the harder parts of your child's story with them? Do you share that the birth parent is in jail or addicted to drugs?


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    Talking with Young Children About Adoption and Birth Parents

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