Helping Older Kids Prepare to be Adopted

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.

Hit the Highlights
  • 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.