How to Anticipate Times of Identity Sensitivity
There are certain times in the life of a young adoptee when questions about his/her identity may trigger unusual behaviors. Parents can help by being aware of these times, and make themselves emotionally available to their children.
Adopting an Institutionalized Child: What Are the Risks?
Dana Johnson, MD, PhD, offers blunt, but optimistic information for prospective parents. Children should not be expected to be without problems; parents need to be prepared in advance with resources for help, and to asume challenges that may arise.
Grief and Loss
Grief and loss are part of the life of young adoptees and children and youth in foster care. Professionals and parents offer insight, suggestions, and support to adoptive and foster parents seeking ways to identify these issues, and talk to their children about them.
Seven issues affecting all members of the adoption experience.
Special thanks to Michael Trout of The Infant-Parent Institute for allowing us to reprint the script of the video "Multiple Transitions: A Young Child's Point of View on Foster Care and Adoption". What would even the youngest children tell us if they could? Perhaps these are their words.
Transition from Orphanage to Home
You have been preparing for this moment for months - perhaps years, but for your child, the move from an institutional setting to family life is confusing, and very different from life in an orphanage. Practical suggestions for parents and a Q&A session with child development expert Rita Taddonio of Spence-Chapin.
Why Adoptees Search
Adoptees search for birth parents and other birth family members for a myriad of reasons at different times. These articles offer some insight into those reasons.
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