Answering Questions from Friends, Family & Strangers


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How to Answer Awkward Questions About Adoption
@Adopting.org
When we adopt a child who looks different from us, we generally feel we can handle the stares and loss of privacy that go with the territory. We may find, however, that the frequent questions and comments of strangers and relatives sometimes annoy and worry us. At the heart of our anger and anxiety is the fear that our adopted child will be hurt by thoughtless questions, or that their older siblings, who look less exotic, will feel neglected, but this need not happen.


Helping Family Understand Adoption
@AdoptiveFamilies.com
”I heard somewhere that all adopted kids have problems," he announces in a booming voice. My wife and I look at each other in disbelief. This is not the first time Bruce has said something insensitive.

 
Adoption Basics for Family and Friends
@iVillage.com
After you've adopted, part of the joy of bringing home a child is sharing your happiness with other people who are important in your lives. So when friends and family make insensitive or even rude comments about adoption, you can really be caught off guard. Here are three simple things to remember before you respond.


Why White People Adopt Black Children
@mybrownbaby.com
African Americans have every reason to be suspicious of white people adopting black babies…. As an adoptive mom to two black children, and thus, the matriarch of a transracial family, I can testify that white privilege, prejudice, and stereotypes against black people still exist despite the number of people who claim to be colorblind. In addition to racial prejudices, my family is sometimes treated as second-class because we came together through adoption instead of biology. We have been asked horrendously nosy questions…


What you need to know about adoption, race and invisible special needs and were always afraid to ask!
@Delighting in Him
I know it is an area I am constantly prayerful about, as to how to be an ambassador for our lives, that are lived out before many, that we may reflect the One who lovingly adopts us.

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