What Adopted Teens Want Their Parents to Know

What Adopted Teens Want Their Parents to Know


The teenage years are difficult for anyone, but they can be especially hard for adopted children who are questioning who they are and how they fit into their family.  In this course, 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.


Intended Audience:

This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.

1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%)

Course Overview:

This course includes:

  • Are adopted teens 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 adopted teens?
  • 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?

Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.

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