Adopting Tweens and Teens
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.
- 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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