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Discussing Adoption with Young Children

EmeryEarly childhood is a time of exploration, and if your young child is especially curious, they may have already begun asking questions related to their adoption. Talking with adopted children about adoption and their birth parents can feel daunting, but it is an absolutely necessary part of creating a healthy adoptive family. To help you take this vital step, below is some advice on how to make this conversation easier for both you and your child. 

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Prevent Parental Burnout

#adoption #familyIn this time of COVID-19, social distancing, and digital learning, it’s become increasingly clear that parents are under a lot of stress. Unfortunately, this stress can often lead to exhaustion and burnout, which is extremely harmful to both parents and their children. If you’re worried that you might be approaching the point of burnout, here are some tips that can make coping with stress and exhaustion considerably easier.

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Lesser-Known Post-Adoption Stressors

Berkley's adoptive familyAs you likely already know, the adoption process comes with a certain set of expected stresses — complicated paperwork, long conversations with officials, and plenty of waiting. However, in addition to these anticipated stressors, adoptive families often face additional stressful factors that are rarely talked about. 

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Raising a Child with FASD

adoptive parents preparing for the adoption home studyWhat is it Really Like to Raise a Child with FASD?

When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even during the first few weeks or months when she may not even know she’s pregnant, this can lead to many complications, including stillbirth, miscarriage, birth defects, or one of many developmental conditions known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASDs.

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What Risk Factors Come With Domestic Infant Adoption?

#adoption #familyDomestic infant adoption is when a birth mother voluntarily and permanently places an infant with an adoptive family. Methods to do this include through an adoption agency or independently. Adoptive families must consider and evaluate the risk factors involved in domestic infant adoption before committing to the process to ensure the safety and well being of both the infant and adoptive family involved. This article will highlight the common risk factors when adopting a baby in the US and answer how adoptive parents can evaluate these risks when considering an adoption match. 

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Preparing Your Child For an Adoptive Sibling

Berkley's adoptive familyAdopting with a child already in the home is a different process from a first-child adoption, so you need to be sure you’re considering the children already living with you for the big step of expanding the family and adding a sibling. In this article, we’ll discuss parenting tips for helping siblings when adopting a new child.

 

Educate Your Child 

Reading is a great tool for this. There are plenty of books and online resources available to read with your child, or give them to read depending on age, that can help prepare them for a sibling. Some reading recommendations include Kinda Like Brothers, Bringing Asha Home, and All About Adoption: How Families are Made and How Kids Feel About It. Setting aside some time to read together also cultivates a sense of trust and inclusion in this important family decision. 

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Why do Birthmothers Consider Adoption?

Expectant mothers considering adoption come from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances. Their reasoning for deciding on adoption placement greatly varies from birth mother to birth mother. In this article, we’ll discuss who the expectant mothers considering adoption placement are, as well as the factors that influence an expectant mother and her partner’s decision to place for adoption.

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Do You Need an Adoption Facilitator?

Communicating with birthmotherWhen trying to plan your adoption, you may feel overwhelmed and confused — which is okay. But there are resources out there that seek to help adoptive parents navigate the world of adoption, and many parents may find their help useful. One of those resources is the adoption facilitator. Whether or not an adoption facilitator is right for you is an important question, and we are here to help you find an answer! But first, let’s cover what adoption facilitators do.

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