Talking With Children About the Difficult Realities

Along with the joys and blessings of adoption and foster care come some difficult and often painful realities – issues such as grief, loss, abandonment, past trauma and the need for forgiveness, just to name a few. It is important for adoptive and foster parents to be prepared to help their children navigate these emotional and complex issues, and to make sense of their own personal story as well.

This talk, entitled Not Your Everday Conversation: Talking with Your Children About the Difficult Realities of Adoption and Foster Care, was presented by Michael and Amy Monroe at the 2009 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference. The talk focuses on these and other issues in an open and honest way, and provides specific tools to help parents effectively communicate with their children about the difficult realities of their past in order to help prepare them for their future.

audio recording of this presentation (mp3 file)

You can also download the handouts for this presentation.

Help! We’re Adopting

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure . . . or so the saying goes. When it comes to adoption, what parents need instead of prevention is an ounce (or more) of preparation. Many adoptive parents can attest to just how critical it is to be prepared for the challenges that can arise. Likewise, these parents know the importance of staying connected, sticking together as a couple and a family and always maintaining a healthy perspective throughout the adoption journey.

Help! We’re Adopting, from the August 2009 issue of Adoption Today magazine, focuses on these important aspects of the adoption journey, offering helpful tips for those who are waiting, in the ‘adoption honeymoon’ period and beyond.