Adopting the Older Child

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Adopting older children can be rewarding and challenging. Debbie Riley, Executive Director of The Center for Adoption Support & Education (CASE) talks about who is considered an older child and how you can help your child transition into your family.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What age qualifies as older?
  • How much information is given to foster-to-adopt parents?
  • How much information is typically known about a child’s early life in domestic adoptions? International adoptions?
  • What is the best way for an older internationally adopted child to learn English and how does that affect their schooling?
  • What are the pros and cons of homeschooling older adoptive children?
  • What are the differences between domestic and international older child adoption?
  • How can perspective parents find an older child to adopt?
  • How can parents find an adoption competent therapist?
  • What issues do older adopted children face?
  • Is adopting out of birth order advisable?
  • How can parents prepare older children from the adoption of a child?
  • Sexual abuse in orphans and what issues do sexually abused children face?
  • Adopting older children in sibling groups
  • Staying in contact with the birth family
  • Is it advisable to change a child’s name after adoption?
  • Attachment issues and older children
  • What can parents do to help their adopted child adjust to their new life?

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