Adopting a teen or tween

Adopting tweens and teens brings special joys and challenges. We talk with Bryan Post, a Child Behavior and Adoption expert and founder of the Post Institute. He is an adopted and former foster child.

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Hit the Highlights
  • The greatest need in both international and foster care adoption is to adopt kids 10 and older.
  • Adolescents have a bad reputation in general in our society and those in foster care or orphanages have an even worse reputation.
  • Challenging behaviors that will be hard to parent.
  • Tips for creating trust with the child.
  • How to establish secure relationships when adopting tweens or teens.
  • Challenging behaviors that will influence other children in the family.
  • Trying to establish rules with teens/tweens who have had too much freedom.
  • Failure to attach or become a full member of the family.
  • Helping kids catch up academically.
  • Special issues specific to older kids adopted internationally.
    • Lack of ability to communicate.
    • Cultural differences.
  • Safety concerns especially if there are younger children in the family.
    • Sexually acting out.
    • Physical abuse.
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Photo Credit: Ryan McGuire