Adoptee Voices

Listening to the Voices of Adoptees & Former Foster Youth

When parents and caregivers are raising adopted, foster, or kinship kids, it’s easy to focus on what they need to learn and do to raise their children with resilient, confident identities. Sometimes, parents and caregivers forget that they have a resource available to them that is rich with lived experience: the voices of adoptees and former foster youth themselves.

Listening to adoptee voices is a crucial part of preparing yourself before your child joins your family. The insight and wisdom of adoptees and former foster youth can also help parents and caregivers connect with their child’s thoughts and feelings about being adopted across the ages and stages of growing up.

To support and strengthen parents and caregivers who wish to listen to adoptees and former foster youth, we’ve curated a combination of’s content and other resources we trust and respect. Our lists are by no means exhaustive but we hope they provide a starting point for you to listen and learn.

Adoptee/Former Foster Youth Websites
Adoptee/Former Foster Youth on Social Media

In addition to the social media accounts attached to many of the above-listed adoptee/former foster youth resources, you should also check out these accounts on social media:

Creating a Family has many other resources featuring adoptee and former foster youth voices. Here are a few that we think you will find particularly helpful.

*Disclaimer: The external links listed here were chosen by for the value we think they bring to this conversation. However, does not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any information offered by these third-party websites or social media accounts.

Image Credit: William Fortunato

Additional Resources

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Creating a Family Podcasts on Adoptee Voices

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Creating a Family Articles on Adoptee Voices

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Creating a Family Factsheets, Tips on Adoptee Voices