Are you thinking of adopting an older child? There are 200,000 plus hoping for families in the U.S. alone and more worldwide. Adopting an older child, though, presents a unique set of parenting issues as well as rewards.Adopting Older Children highlights the most significant challenges when parenting older adoptees who face mental health, behavioral and educational issues. Included is critical information about developmental issues that may arise for the adoptee, issues related to the adoptee's emerging sense of self, sexual orientation and cultural identity and other special needs that an adoptee may have. This will help prospective parents be aware of concerns that can arise for their adopted children and help current parents deal with the difficulties their children may be facing. An older adopted child may face a list of problems, included is a comprehensive overview of clinical and other problems that may arise and how to successfully deal with them. Authors Bosco-Ruggiero, Wassel and child welfare expert Groza deliver a comprehensive guide to navigating the adoption processes domestically and internationally, coping with transition and family dynamics and to educating others about adoption. Adopting Older Children not only focuses on preparing the family unit but offers chapters to better understand the personality, background and problems of your adopted child. It provides methodology to comprehend and cope with the traumatized child, grief and loss, attachment issues, development and learning, mental health concerns, physical health (fetal alcohol syndrome, abuse, etc.) as well as providing critical resource information for adoptive parents (single, LBGT or older adoptive parents).Practical and extensive, Adopting Older Children furnishes key parenting strategies and insights in a clear, sensitive style, becoming the definitive resource for adoptive parents and professionals.
Adopting Older Children
New Horizon Press
A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four