Helping your child develop into a strong individual with a cemented sense of self is important for parents. Developing into a fully realized individual requires having some understanding of one’s past, which may be a tender subject for many adoptive families. A life story book can be a very useful, practical and fun way to record and reflect on a child’s life. The book may evolve into a collaborative project for the whole family.
As our society becomes more accepting of how people choose to live their lives, it is becoming more common for single parents to adopt. One-parent families are just as equipped to handle the challenge of raising a child as the more traditional nuclear family that was the norm for much of the past. There should be no stigma for single individuals who choose to raise an adopted child on their own. In fact, it is often a wise and responsible choice.
Throughout the long and often confusing process of adopting a new member of your family, you may have questions. The role of the adoption facilitator is to help you through parts of the adoption process so that you don’t feel alone in your journey.
Google does not feel like your friend when it comes to finding an adoption therapist. Just a quick search for “adoption therapist” brings up thousands of potential sources, from parenting blogs to therapists’ websites. While some of them are legitimate, many others are scammers and shysters looking to prey on vulnerable families in a stressful situation — or maybe they legitimately want to help, but just don’t have the experience with adoption you need. Therefore, it’s important to know how to find a competent adoption therapist before you jump straight in.
Adopting a child is a stressful experience with a joyful outcome – but the entire process can be incredibly expensive. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know your options for paying for adoption up front, from adoption grants to crowdfunding and beyond.
When most people think of adopting a child, they consider babies or infants under a year old – frequently infant adoptions. Those who consider the next age group up, toddlers, frequently throw them into one of two categories: big babies or smaller, younger children. This is due in part because much adoption literature focuses on infants and older children adoption – it’s easy to forget that toddlers are neither. In fact, adopting and parenting a toddler is a whole new game.
Parenthood is a bit like running a marathon. It’s a long, tiring, intensive journey, and can be one of the most rewarding experiences in any person’s life. Watching a child grow and mature before your eyes is a magical experience. But just like a marathon, as one ages parenting becomes more and more difficult and, at some point, not advisable.
When you make the decision to become adoptive parents, there are lots of options to consider. When you have selected your agency, one of the first discussions you’ll have is whether or not you’re interested in ‘special needs adoption’ — but what does this mean? How do you know if this is the right option for you? In this article we’ll be helping you to answer both of these questions.
Many hopeful adoptive parents feel barred from adoption by their financial circumstances, despite being able to offer a loving and enriching home to a child in need. Adoption is unfortunately quite expensive. There are lots of legal and administrative fees that need to be paid, as well as safety checks which we can all agree are essential. But with adoption ranging from $2,500 all the way up to $50,000 and sometimes even more, how can you afford to adopt?
Adoptive parents find themselves in an almost entirely new environment. Raising an adopted child can be both challenging and rewarding, with plenty of small moments of struggle and victory along the way.