How should I/we tell people?

This is the fun part!

You can be as creative as possible and use different ways for different people. The important part is to tell each person in a way that helps them understand adoption best so that your child and you benefit from their acceptance and understanding.

Here is an example of how a couple told each of the categories of people in their lives:

  • Immediate families: long personal conversations without their children present. Then later, they told their children in age appropriate ways and videotaped it so that they could replay it for their adopted children.
  • Relatives, friends (old and new), colleagues: short personal conversations with those they meet on a regular basis and a creative, suspense filled PPT by email to those they meet rarely.
  • Neighbours, those who work for them or come to deliver stuff to their house: short personal conversations

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