Post Adoption Resources for Teen Adoptees

Teen Adoptees:  This page is for YOU! You are the expert on what it's like to be a teen adoptee. Here we offer resources to help you feel connected and understood.


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Blogs for Teen Adoptees

Check out BPAR blogs written especially for teens.
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adoption in The Chair

Adoption In the Media: The Unseen, Unrecognized Struggle of JuJu in “The Chair” TV Series

By Marta Isabella Sierra, LMHC

As an adult adoptee, Marta watched the Netflix series “The Chair” through the eyes of JuJu, the lead’s daughter. “My heart felt rage, grief and deep isolation. I see a child so completely alone in her trauma and loss that she has had to abandon her own narrative.

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Sharing LGBTQ Resources with Pride

By Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR

In honor of PRIDE month, we wanted to highlight some important resources to support LGBTQIA individuals and families in the post-adoption community. We want everyone in the adoption constellation to feel safe and valued, and to be able to live healthy, productive lives.

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College Search for Adoptees — Tips for Parents

By Erica Kramer, MSW

The college search process can bring up unique emotions and challenges for adoptees. Here are themes parents may expect and 5 tips for how to help their child, based on our interview with Kate Peltz, Director of College Counseling.

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Tips for Supporting LGBTQ Kids in Adoption

By Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR

Many of our adoptee clients are exploring their gender and sexual identity, and we feel it is vital for foster and adoptive parents, social workers, mental health workers, teachers and other individuals who work with fostered or adopted children and teens to be aware of the challenges, needs and best practices for working with SOGIE issues.

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The Masks We Wear

By Caitlin Woodstock

An adoptee may find that he or she wears a mask, showing a face to the outside world that is often only a snippet of the individual’s internal workings. Inside-Out Masks like this one provide a creative process for exploring and expressing identity.

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The Power of Words: Being Mindful About Adoption


Adoption is more complicated than people may know or expect. Without realizing it, words carry heavy weights that have the capacity to knock someone down. But words also have the ability to build strength within someone and lift them up.

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Three Of The Most Annoying Things You Can Say To An Adoptee

By Maya Rogers-Bursen, LMHC, Expressive Therapist

“So your parents aren’t your real parents?” You’ve heard this question before. How does this make an adoptee feel? There’s better adoptee language, and we encourage thinking about a different way to ask a question or make a statement.

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How To Combat The Winter Blues

By Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR

Here is a quick guide for how to take care of yourself when Mother Nature is giving you the Winter Blues. Tap into your creative ideas. Spend some time doing what makes you feel good. Remember this winter will end and you will get through it!

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Documentary Review: Generation Cryo

By Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR

The search process is complicated and emotional for all parties involved. When I recently came across the documentary GENERATION CRYO, I was blown away by their ability to capture such a deeply intense, complicated, and emotional experience in a natural and unproduced manner.

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Who are we? Searching for Identity

By Jennifer Eckert, LICSW

How does the world see me? Who do I want to be? Every teenager begins to ask these questions. For the adopted, teen identity can be even more complicated!

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