National Adoption Month

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In honor of national adoption month, here’s an article I wrote that appeared in Birmingham Parent, Portland Family and Indy’s Child.

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Family Ties: Helping children understand adoption

By Tiffani Hill-Patterson

November – time for raking leaves, enjoying the cool, crisp mornings and giving thanks. November is also National Adoption Month and more than 120,000 families in the United States are especially mindful of their blessings.

Being adopted is just part of who a child is, just like having brown hair or green eyes or being tall or having freckles. Local experts say families of adopted children should strive to teach that awareness.

This guide offers ways to help children understand that adoption isn’t weird or unnatural; it’s just another way of creating a family.

Read more:

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Also read my writer friend Meredith’s post at Psychology Today: National Adoption Month: Bittersweet.

Take time to tell your family, in whatever arrangement it is, that you love them!