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“Sorta Happy, Sorta Sad…” Children Talk About Adoption DVD/Video - 45 minutes. Twelve children, aged six through eleven, talk candidly about their understanding of adoption, their varied adoption stories, their memories and thoughts about birth family members, and more. Perfect for adoptive parent training or family discussion.  

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“I Wonder…” Teenagers Talk About Being Adopted DVD/Video - 45 minutes.  A diverse group of teenagers share their thoughts.  Perfect for adoptive parent training or family discussion.  

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News From FAIR
Main Index

Talking About Adoption
  
children, relatives, teachers...

Family
    becoming a family, lifelong issues...

Cultures
    celebrations, inter-racial families...

Behavior
    tantrums, stealing, lying...

Emotions and Development
    lifelong issues, grief, loss...

Therapy and Support
    when therapy is needed, what's normal...

School and Education
    special education, IEP, teachers...

Health and Growth
    effects of institutionalization, foster care...

Birth Family Contacts
    searching, visits, open adoption...

Preparing for Adoption
    choosing an agency, understanding the issues...

Personal Experiences
    opinion, poetry, stories...

Authors Index

Dates Index

 Articles From The Archives of News From FAIR

News from FAIR is published quarterly for FAIR members.  Many (if not most) of the articles are contributed by adoptive family members, and describe first hand personal experiences and insights or offer strategies that have worked for adoptive families. 

These archives contain a number of articles that have been published in the past. More articles will be added regularly. To receive the magazine, which includes children's art, photos, inspiration, and more, see membership page.

Last revised: 01/02/08



Talking About Adoption

How adoptive families discuss adoption with their adopted and biological children, their extended family, teachers, family friends, and interested strangers.
Subcategories: children, relatives, teachers, friends, acquaintances

Family

Issues and challenges facing adoptive families.
Subcategories: becoming a family, lifelong issues, creating attachments, sibling relationships, discipline, marital stresses, extended family

Cultures

How cultures blend in adoptive families, whether they are inter-racial or not
Subcategories: celebrations, holidays, inter-racial families, blending cultures in your family, culturally influenced behavior

Behavior

Troublesome behaviors often seen in adopted children.
Subcategories: tantrums, stealing, lying, dressing inappropriately, hoarding, firesetting, running away

Emotions and Development

Discussions of the emotional experiences and needs of adopted children and adoptive families at all stages of life.
Subcategories: pre-teens, lifelong issues, grief, loss, anger, teenagers, young children, young adults

Therapy and Support

Discussions of different therapy and support options for adoptive families.
Subcategories: when therapy is needed, what's normal, choosing a therapist, kinds of therapy, connecting with others in similar situations

School and Education

Issues and concerns about how adoption is handled at school and the troubles that adopted children may have.
Subcategories: special education, IEP, teachers, deciding on a grade, English as a second language, behavior at school, homework, discipline at school and home, teacher interventions, older child adoptions, emotional age

Health and Growth

Common health-related concerns of adoptees.
Subcategories: effects of institutionalization, common international diseases, foster care, fetal alcohol syndrome, disabilities

Birth Family Contacts

How adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families interact.
Subcategories: searching, visits, open adoption, what it means for adoptive parents, stories about birth families and mothers

Preparing for Adoption

Concerns and issues for families adopting for the first time or considering special needs adoption.
Subcategories: choosing an agency, understanding the issues, open adoption, transcultural adoption, international adoption

Personal Experiences

First-person discussions of the adoption experience.
Subcategories: opinion, poetry, stories

 

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