Adopting the Older Child
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.
Hit the Highlights
- 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?