Talking Adoption - When Is It Right?

There are some 50,000 adopted children living in North Carolina. Twenty years ago, many of these children would not have learned the truth about their birth until their teenage years or later. With the increase in international and inter-racial adoptions, parents must now begin talking with their children from day one.

"The best answer I've heard to the question, 'When should we tell our child she was adopted?' was by Dr. David Brozinsky, who said, 'On the car ride home,'" says Brad Nathanson, director of Nathanson Adoption Services in Charlotte.

"There was never one moment when we told our son he was adopted. He has known his story from the beginning," says adoptive mom Cortney Donelson about her son, Emmett, who is a native of Russia.

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