Adopting Older Kids – Things to Consider

Adopting an older child is a big transition for everyone involved and poses a unique set of challenges.  Learn more about things to consider when adopting an older child as host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national foster care & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Celeste Snodgrass, MSW, LCSW, and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International and Danielle Kaiser who has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and is a behavioral therapist and Foster Family & Adoptions Social Worker with Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.

Hit the Highlights
  • What do we mean by “older” child?
  • What are some typical adjustment behaviors of children adopted at an older age?
  • What are some techniques for developing attachment to an older child?
  • How to help an older child deal with this huge disruption in their lives?
  • If the child is adopted from another country, how does the lack of language impact transitioning into the family from both the parent and the child’s stand point?
  • What are some typical food issues you might experience?
  • What are some sleep issues you might experience?
  • What to do when a child comes to you with significant academic delays?
  • How to work with the schools to find the right placement for your child?

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