Adoption Agencies Windham ME
Sharing In Adoption
Campbell & Mc Ardle
Maine Department Of Human Services Portland District 2 Office
Immigration & Naturalization Services So. Portland, Me
South Portland, ME
Judith M. Berry
Hardy Wolf & Downing
New England Women Center
National Child Welfare Resource Center For Organizational Improvement
Mina Bicknell Adoption Resource Center
South Portland, ME
Adopted Child, Adopting an Older Child and Raising Adopted Children
Adopting an Older Child
Adoption is increasingly becoming an option for many parents. While it is a popular choice for single parents and same-sex couples who want to raise children, many opposite-sex couples are also making an active choice for adoption of older children.
Bringing home an older adopted child for the first time requires care. The first few weeks, especially, are crucial. Your approach during this time will significantly impact the relationship your adopted child will share with his or her new family. Here are some tips to help you:
- Prepare your children in advance: If you already have children, it is important that you talk to them about the new arrival in advance. Prepare them on how they should interact with the adopted child.
- Assert your role as parent: Establish your role as the parent right from day one. While this may seem difficult, it is important that you combine love with firmness and lay down rules for your child to follow. This is especially important with older kids.
- Distribute chores and duties: Participating in household chores and duties will help your adopted child integrate with your family. It will also help prevent any resentment in your children.
- Adapt to your adopted child's needs: Many older children who have been placed in foster care may have a history of neglect or abuse and may be averse to display of intimacy or touch. It is important that you respond sensitively...
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