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Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24)

Health Tip: Parenting Adopted Teens

HealthDay News

(HealthDay News) -- Teenagers often struggle with questions of identity. For adopted teens, the struggle may be harder than it is for their non-adopted peers.

When dealing with questions of identity, the Children Welfare Information Gateway suggests:

  • Talk to your teen about his or her birth parents.
  • Develop a lifebook of personal history.
  • Connect the youth to cultural, ethnic and spiritual activities.
  • Provide opportunities to interact with other adopted persons.
  • Recognize similarities between you and your adopted children.

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