Raising Children from Foster Care or Orphanages

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Raising children who have been abused or neglected is different from raising children who have not experienced trauma. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child and director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, about how abuse, neglect and institutionalization affects children in the short term and long term, and what parenting techniques work for these children from hard places.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • Why is it important to take care of yourself as an adoptive parent, so you can take care of your child?
  • When first meeting your child, what should you look for to help you decide if your child will be able to attach?
  • What are some signs of anxiety and how to distinguish from attachment issues?
  • Where do you draw the line between structure and nurturing?
  • Tips on making the transition into the family home.
  • What are auditory processing issues? And what can be done to assist a child diagnosed with this?
  • How can you increase the bond between you and your adopted child?
  • What if your adopted child prefers your spouse over you?
  • Why do children lie? Can the child’s background impact their potential to lie?
  • What are the benefits of using a routine in a family? And what are some tips to sticking to a schedule?
  • What is the importance of allowing children to make decisions? And how can you effectively compromise with children?

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