One of the most often asked questions by foster parents and adoptive parents is how to explain adoption to their children; at what ages do you begin and when do you share difficult information about the child’s beginnings and history? Some wonder why they have to say anything at all if it’s a same race placement that occurred at birth? Parents fear that they might say something that will negatively impact their child forever or cause the child to reject them. They worry that this can cause the child they love to experience pain.
It is important to be honest with your children about their beginnings and it is also important to consider their developmental ages and their perspectives. This task is one of the most tension-fraught for parents.
Parentcirkle, a platform that offers virtual parent coaching sessions, offers a session on that topic to support families touched by adoption and foster care. In the session, parents are invited to discuss when and how to tell their kids about adoption. They are given tools to communicate amongst siblings about having an adopted brother and/or sister. Most of all, parents get to share with other people experiencing similar situations and be reminded that we can learn from the experiences of each other.
The next session How to Talk to Your Children About Adoption will take place on March 14th from 5-6 pm PST. The session is facilitated by Sharon Roszia who is and has been a professional in adoption and foster care since 1963 and is an adoptive and foster parent herself.
To sign up, please visit www.parentcirkle.com