Children understand adoption differently at different ages and stages of development. How do you talk with your kids about adoption? In this course, we talk with Mark Lacava, LCSW-R, the Executive Vice President of the Pre and Post Adoption Services Department at Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children about how parents can talk about adoption with their children.
The course covers the following topics:
- How does a child’s understanding of adoption differ by age?
- Toddlers & Preschoolers
- School Age
- Young Adults
- How can you talk about adoption and the role of the birth father with young children who do not understand the concept of sex?
- How does openness or lack of openness impact a child’s understanding of adoption?
- How does transracial adoption impact a child’s understanding of adoption?
- How to talk about adoption at different ages?
- What are the important points you want to make sure your child understands at each stage?
- What are some common questions children ask at different developmental stages?
- What to say when you know very little about the birth parents?
- How to handle the “You’re not my real mom or dad” statement?
- How to handle hard birth parent stories? Should you tell a child that they were conceived by rape or that their birth mother is in jail or birth father suffers from addiction? At what age should you share this information?
- Kids who show little or no interest in their adoption story.
*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.
Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption