Lighthouse Thoughts

Listen to your Child

When your child does talk about his birth family, it is important to answer questions honestly and gently, as is age appropriate. Empathize and validate his feelings. Don’t be judgmental or invalidate feelings. Don’t lay blame or take anything he has personally.

For a child who may be struggling with grief and loss or identity, be supportive and seek help when needed:

Find a grief support group
Adoptive children group
Find a therapist with adoption experience

For adopted children, grief may come in waves; changing over time, in small and large doses. There is no one answer as each child, and the circumstances of his adoption are different. It is our job as parents to help our child thought the grieving process.

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