How will my other children react to the adoption?

It is important to discuss the adoption with your children in an age-appropriate way. Look for children’s books on the subject of adoption, and read these to your children. Bring up the subject of the adoption ahead of the birth so that it does not come as a shock. Explain that this baby will live with another family who cannot have their own babies. Explain that the baby will always be a part of your family, and they can send letters and photos. Allow the children to discuss the baby and the adoption and reassuringly answer their questions. Allow them to express their feelings. They may need to do this over and over, which is normal.