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Mental health challenges while adopting

What To Do During The Adoption Wait

Mental health challenges while adopting

 

If you are a prospective parent, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions during the adoption wait. Seasons and periods of waiting can be hard, but they can also be breeding grounds for growth and opportunity. Regardless of where you are in the adoption process there are some things you can do to really take advantage and lean into the waiting process. 

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African American adoptive family

Adoption and Genetics: Understanding the Importance of Health Histories

African American adoptive family

As an adoptive parent, it will be important to prioritize the medical history needs of your adoptee. Unlike biological children, many adoptees may have unknown family medical histories. For international adoptees, there may be incredibly limited information available regarding biological parents and limited options in attaining medical data from them. Regardless of the type of adoption, open, close or semi open, prioritizing knowing and attaining information about your adoptee’s medical history when possible is very important. 

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Birthmom placing her baby for adoption

Understanding Attachment Styles in Adoption Parenting

Birthmom placing her baby for adoption

As an adoptive parent, understanding your adoptee’s attachment style is incredibly important in providing parenting that meets their unique needs. For all types of adoptions, domestic and international, infant and non-infant, attachment plays a direct role in how adoptees develop relationships with others, see themselves in context of the world around them, and operate within relationships. 

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Navigating Adoption at School

 

For parents of adoptees in elementary school, it is important to understand that your child will most likely have to engage and interact with their adoption in some capacity at school. School can be a challenging place for young adoptees as they may be eager to fit in and be accepted. Owning and walking in their unique story at this age can be really hard. Thankfully, there are ways you can support them during these transformative years.

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Newborn baby girl in an open adoption

Navigating Birth Family Search and Reunion

 

Newborn baby girl in an open adoption

When your adoptee expresses an interest in searching for and/or connecting with their birth parent or family, this can feel uncomfortable and challenging to navigate and maybe even fully support. For adoptees, connection to biological ties can be incredibly life giving, identify affirming and healthy. One of the best things adoptive parents can do is take an active and supportive role in this, no matter how difficult it can feel.

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