What Adopted Teens Want Their Parents to Know


Bert Ballard, an adult adoptee and editor of Pieces of Me: Who do I Want to Be?, a collection of essays written by adopted teens and adults, talks about what adopted teens wish their parents knew.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • Are adopted children who aren’t talking about being adopted not thinking about adoption?
  • The importance of parents being comfortable discussing adoption.
  • What subjects should adoptive parents bring up with their children?
  • How should parents bring up the subject of adoption with their children?
  • What should parents do with children who refuse to discuss adoption?
  • How much should parents protect their children?
  • Focusing on the positives, not the negatives, of adoption.
  • Adoptive identity and narrative burden.
  • How to deal with children’s interest about their birthparents?
  • The role of fathers in bringing up adoption.
  • What should parents do when they do not know the answers to their children’s questions?

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