Helping Older Kids Prepare to be Adopted

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Adoption is a huge transition in a child’s life. What can parents, social workers, and orphanage workers do to help the child prepare? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews 2 adoption social workers on helping to prepare older kids for what it means to be adopted.


+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • What can adoptive parents do to help the transition of a newborn to his or her adoptive parents?
  • How can adoptive parents work with expectant parents and hospital staff to smooth the transition of an infant to a new adoptive home?
  • How can parents prepare babies and children adopted from foster care for adoption?
  • How can parents help children transition from foster care to adoption?
  • How does preparation of a toddler for adoption differ from preparing an older child for adoption?
  • What type of items should adoptive parents include in a care package being sent to a toddler that is being adopted from abroad?
  • Should you change the name of a child that is adopted internationally?
  • Does the age of the child matter when deciding whether to change the child’s name?
  • What factors should parents consider before changing their adopted child’s name?
  • How can parents prepare a child between the ages of 3 and 6 for adoption?
  • What items should parents include in a care package being sent to an older school age child they are adopting from China, Ethiopia, Russia, Colombia, or any other country?
  • How can parent facilitate bonding and attachment with an older child they are adopting internationally while in the child’s birth country?
  • What type of activities facilitate bonding with adopted children when parents first meet the child?


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Image credit: Ben Nguyen
Show originally aired in 2012.

09/03/2016 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2016 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Fostering, Fostering Radio Shows, Radio Show | 1 Comments

One Response to Helping Older Kids Prepare to be Adopted

  1. Avatar Katie Allen says:

    My husband & I have been approved to adopt an older child (5 to 11) through foster care in Colorado. I have loved the wealth of information I’ve learned through this podcast, blog posts & the facebook group! But I was a little disappointed to find that this podcast episode was almost exclusively about domestic infant adoption and international adoption (maybe the title could have included “international”? There were some passing statements about working with a foster child’s case worker, that really didn’t get in-depth into how to transition a foster kid into a pre-adoptive placement. Many kids in foster care have had failed pre-adoptive placements before, which creates a lot of natural resistance on the part of a foster kid. And many case workers are swamped. I’d love to know what kinds of questions to ask the child’s current foster placement AND what to do/ask with the case workers as well. I was wondering if you already have another episode specifically about how to transition a foster child into their pre-adoptive home? Or maybe it’s an idea for a future episode? Thanks in advance!

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