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When you have gone through the adoption process and you have children that you have adopted, you are going to have the most wonderful life with your family. It should be that there is no difference between having children that are adopted and children that are your own children. You should be able to have exactly the same life with adopted children as you would with biological children.
However, it will be that you will need to make a decision regarding whether or not you are going to tell your child they are adopted. This is a big decision that you should probably have made by the time that you have actually adopted a child. There are several schools of thought, and there are reasons to believe each one.
It might be that you decide to tell your child that they have been chosen by you, and you might want this to be a normal factor in their life. There are many studies that say that this is the best thing that you can do for your child because it is the best way to make sure that they are having good development and will continue to be happy throughout their lives.
If you decide to do this it is recommended that you tell them that you chose them because they were special and because you loved them, and you make it a normal and routine part of everyday life. However, you shouldn't make it into too big of a deal, or the child might feel that they aren't as good as regular children.
Other people think that you should wait until a child is older to tell them that they are adopted. Their reasoning is that this way the child will have as normal of a life as possible, and they will feel that they are just the same as children that are not adopted.
Then, when they are old enough, you can tell them and they will understand that you loved them just the same as if they weren't adopted. This might be a good idea for some, but there is a danger that your child will feel that you have lied to them their entire lives, and will be angry at you for this when you decide to tell them.
If you have an open adoption in which the birth parent is a part of your child's life, you might not have an option. However most people believe that a child who is loved by many people is only going to end up being happy and well adjusted.
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