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Newborn – 18 months

Infants – 18 months Infants prefer the sound of familiar voices, which are reassuring and soothing. The volume and tone...

18 months – 3 years

They also like looking at pictures of themselves, family members, friends and places they know. They can look and listen...

3 – 4 years old

They like repetition, which enables them to dissect, understand and give back information, such as directions or likes and dislikes....

4 – 5 years old

Continue to share your child’s adoption story with them, adding a few more details each time. Then, ask your child...

6 – 7 years old

Comparing oneself to peers and insecurities is common for all children at this age. This is also the age, when...

8 – 9 years old

They are more independent and trying to fit in. They are socially active and want to be one of the...

10 – 13 years old

You want to be part of that conversation. They can become moody and try to push you away in an...

14 – 16 years old

Teens are developing an identity and are influenced by who they are, who their friends are and who they want...

17 – 18 years old

They have hopes and dreams for their future, fall in love easily and frequently and turn to peers as role...

Adult “Children” of Adoption

Being an adult is all about experimenting with the things you learned and the values you were taught and believe...

Knowing When You’re Ready to Talk

You have even read articles about it, looked at children’s books to read with them and spoken with other adoptive...

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