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Let's Talk About It: Adoption
A Note From Fred Rogers
What is a "family"?
My sister was adopted into our family when I was eleven years old. My mother and father became her mother and father. All of a sudden I was no longer an "only child" in the family. Understanding all of that came very gradually for me -- and for my sister.
Different children find different ways to handle their feelings about adoption: How they want to talk about it, or even if they want to talk about it, will be an individual decision.
You, of course, know you child best, so I hope you will adapt the ideas in this book for him or her. That's one of the reasons we call this series of books "Let's Talk About It." It's an invitation for you and your child to take what we offer and talk about it in your own ways...ways that feel right for you and your family.
"Let's Talk About It" is also a way of saying that when we share our uncertainties (even about difficult things) with people who care about us, we often find that our feelings can be much more manageable. Even when there aren't answers, it can help just to know that the people we love care about our questions and the feelings that go along with them.
That's what your family really is -- a group of people who care about who you are deep inside. Bloodlines and love lines don't necessarily coincide. When it comes to growing int a healthy, whole, and fulfilled human being, it is love that counts the most.
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