Why was I adopted?
As any parent knows, you will never have all the answers to the difficult and unexpected questions your child can ask. But as an adoptive parent, Q&A sessions can be even more challenging. Many, even most, of the adoption questions children ask are related to their need to understand their past, who they are now, and their place in the world and in their adoptive family.
This short guide looks at some of the most common big adoption questions that adopted children ask, and explores the feelings and worries that can lie behind a child’s questions, with useful suggested dialogues.
Who is this book for?
For all adoptive parents.
What you will find in this book
This short guide looks at some of the most common big adoption questions that adopted children ask, including:
- Was I in your tummy, Mummy? Whose tummy was I in?
- What does adoption mean? Why was I adopted? Why was my brother/sister not adopted?
- Does adoption make me different?
- If I do something naughty, will you send me back?
- What can I do about my muddled up feelings?
- Can I see my siblings/grandparents/parents/foster carers?
- Can I have two families?
- Will I have to tell everyone at school about being adopted?
Jane Jackson is a former newspaper and magazine journalist, now working as a freelance advertising copywriter. She is the adoptive mother of three children.