Sometimes teens struggle with the question, “Who am I?”. This process is called Identity Formation. 

Finding the answer often involves figuring out how they are similar to, and different from their parents. This task can be complicated for children/youth who have both birth and adoptive parents, unknown or missing information, or having a different ethnicity from parents. All of these things can make piecing their identity puzzle together especially difficult. In the business of parenting, adoptive parents may discover the teen years have snuck up on them. This may be a time where adoptive parents will benefit a great deal by communicating with their teen,  accessing resources and connecting with other adoptive parents.

Find more information for Adoptees.

Parenting Your Adopted Teenager

Fact sheet for families.

The Center for Adoption Support and Education

Search through the Education and Resources section under Free Resources and Link to find excellent articles on Teens and Adoption.