Troubled Families

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It doesn't matter if your family is biological or adopted; there will be issues to deal with as your family grows, merges, and expands. Some will be directly related to adoption and some won't. No matter the root of the problem or issue, know that there are resources out there to help you. Take this page, for instance. Throughout this section, you'll find some great information about attachment disorders, dealing with false abuse allegations and real abuse trauma, and what positive steps to take as a family.

Throughout these difficult times, know that you're not alone. There have been many families that have come before you with similar experiences, and they'll be some after you. Reach out to those who have experience, and then reach out to those you can help afterward. It's about building community, with your family at the center.

Every family has its troubles and setbacks. The important thing is to learn from these setbacks and make your family's weaknesses its strengths. This can be done if you all work together toward the common goal of unity and loving, balanced relationships.

Attachment Disorders
Attachment disorders are perhaps the most widely discussed problems that result in serious challenges for our families, but there are many other events and behaviors can lead to difficult situations. These may require heightened sensitivity and/or outside help, from respite care to extraordinary interventions.

Divorce After Adoption: Practical Tips for Parents
Adopted children have, by definition, suffered previous loss. There should be special attention paid to meeting their emotional needs during this time. When you are going through this complex process, you have to continue parenting. Step-by-step suggestions and reminders.

Positive Steps for Families in Crisis
Facing impending crisis can leave families feeling helpless, often seeing only the negatives. There are forward-looking steps you can take to minimize or prevent crisis, or handle it when it does happen.

False Abuse Allegations
Child abuse is a national tragedy and greatly under-reported; however, many don't realize that one-third to one-half of all alerts turn out to be unfounded or mistaken. Dr. Rita Laws provides valuable information for adoptive and foster parents about why these allegations may occur, what they can do, and where to find help.

Parenting The Sexually Abused Child
Advice, guidance and resources for adoptive and prospective parents from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.

Proactive Parenting in Adoptive Families
Dee Paddock takes a look at how our children's anger, depression, and anxiety may show up and how parents can move past trying to "fix" things and onto dealing with the underlying problems.

Responsive Discipline
An excellent online course from Kansas State University.

When Adopted Toddlers Reject Their Parents
Educator and author ("Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft") Mary Hopkins-Best looks at why and how rejection happens, and offers strategies to deal with it.

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Heather - 3 years ago
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im really struggling my husband always disappears on a daily basis. I have a 5,3, and 1 year old. They never listen to even the simplist of instructions. They wont even go to bed and have tried everything but physical dicipline. I also suffer from anxiety and depression with no outlet. Im afraid of one taking taking it out on my children. Im thinking of putting them for adoption, but I don't want to. I love them to death but need help. please anyone I would love some advice on what to do. #1

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