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May 2021Vol. 22, No. 5Talking With Teens About Their Adoptions

A recent brief by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), a national nonprofit that focuses on mental health services for the foster care and adoption community, discusses the challenges inherent in adolescence that may be compounded for youth who are adopted, such as identity formation and open communication with parents. It also provides adoptive families with guidance about speaking with teens about their birth parents.

The brief presents several relatable examples of youth and adoptive parents facing these challenges with a focus on two areas—identity formation and making the decision to (or not to) search for birth parents. Recognizing that teens may have strong feelings about their adoptions and often find it difficult to share these feelings with others, the article provides tips for and emphasizes the importance of parents taking the lead in these discussions.

To learn more, read Birth Parents on Their Mind: Search and Reunion.