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10 Things You Need to Know About Adoption

What It's Like to Be Adopted

If there's ever a time to put yourself in someone else's shoes, adoption is it. By understanding some of the effects adoption may have on a child, you can move forward with his or her needs in mind.

For example, your child may be experiencing emotions of loss and grief. Maybe your child is wondering why he or she is adopted. Even missing pieces of his or her past, such as medical history and family details, can be unsettling.

What can you do to help your child overcome or manage the questions he or she may have and how can you combat self-esteem issues that might develop? As it turns out, there are options available to you, and your adoption agency may actually provide them. You can (and should) use assistance from counseling or support groups.