June 8, 2007, Newsletter Issue #102: Changing the Child's Name

Tip of the Week

Children adopted internationally will already have a name given to them by either their biological parents or by someone at their orphanage. Most parents will change at least part of their child's name. Keeping part of the child's name (or a combination of the child's original names) is popular among internationally adopting parents. Parents should just be aware that there will come a time when the child will want to know about his background and where he came from. Parents should be totally honest with the child and give him as much information as they know about his background, his biological parents and even his original name. Having an honest disclosure of the child's past will help him to develop a stronger sense of identity.

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