Missing Pieces: Talking to Your Child About Adoption When Information Is Limited


How much do you know about your child? Parents who adopted internationally, those who experienced a closed adoption, or whose child was relinquished through the Safe Haven law in Wisconsin may find that they know very little about their child’s medical, social, or birth family history. So, why is this important? Most children and youth who were adopted will someday ask to find out about their birth family members or will have questions about their pasts. This tip sheet looks at what you can do to support your children when you have little or no information about their birth family.


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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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