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Adoption and Mental Health

curious crawling babyEvery child has the potential for developing a mental health illness. Environmental factors, family dynamics, nutrition, and chemical makeup can cause diagnosable and treatable mental and behavioral disorders in kids born and raised with their biological parents. However, adopted children are twice as likely to develop mental health issues due to their often-unstable backgrounds.

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Adopting Siblings: What to Expect

Adoptive SiblingsMost children who are placed for adoption desperately want to remain together with their sibling. Many agencies and social workers strive to place brothers and sisters with the same family. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible, as some adoptive parents find the burden of multiple children too great.

Statistics show that about twenty percent of all children placed for adoption have at least one sibling, most of them under the age of ten. Keeping kids together from birth has a lower risk of adoption disruptions and a higher chance of emotional stability for the children. Prospective parents should to be aware of the wonderful joys and difficult challenges when choosing to adopt siblings into their family.

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Supporting the Post-Adoption Family

adoptive momMany adopting couples have found incredible support through family, friends, churches, and even social media services, such as Gofundme. That support often culminates with the official adoption, or when the child is brought into their new home. The need for support carries on well past that day though. The support needs for adopting parents may be financial, but often the more significant needs are more social and transitional in nature.

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Talk About It: Discussing Their Adoption with Your Child

#adoption #familyIf you have adopted an infant or very young child, it can be difficult to discern when and how you to let them know about the adoption and explain what it means for them. The longer you wait, the more awkward the situation gets, and the more you may feel as though you are secretly deceiving your child. When should you begin and how should you talk to your child about their adoption?     

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Common Stressors on the Adoptive Family

iStock_000004398754SmallAdoption is a beautiful thing, but like most worthwhile endeavors, it is a stressful work as well. There are some stresses that you will face regardless of the age of the child you adopt. Other stresses are unique to infants or older children from foster care. There are also stresses that are unique to adopting children internationally. What extra stress should you expect when adopting a child?

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Famous Families Touched by Adoption

BurnsAll sorts of people want to go through the adoption process. There’s no reason that celebrities would not be a part of the adoption process; indeed, many have used their fame and influence to champion the importance of adoption and make it more publicly known and understood. Adoption is not exclusive to any one type of family or family unit; more and more people are seeing it as a real option that will work the best for their family situation. Below are some celebrities who have adopted children.

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Answering Questions About Your Transracial Adoption

Angel Adoptive Parents Robert & SamAdoptions are a big choice for any family to make, and can really change the trajectory of many lives. The process of adoption doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require some serious thought and planning for the family, especially if the adoption is transracial. If you adopt a child of a different race than your own, there may be some questions you have about what that means for your family.

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