Preparing Yourself and Your Children to Adopt an Older Child

Adopting an older child takes preparation for the parents, the existing children in the family, and the new child. Join our guests to learn tips for smoothing this transition when adopting an older child from abroad.  Abbie Smith, an adoptive mother and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International specializing in attachment therapy, trauma and parenting of adopted children; and adoptive moms, Shila Henderson, who adopted two older daughters from China, and Vicki Hanson, who adopted an older son from Ethiopia.

Hit the Highlights
  • What does older child mean?
  • How can families prepare themselves for the unknowns of adoption an older child?
  • How long does it take you to feel like a real mom versus a babysitter?
  • What can you do to help older children adjust?
  • How can you deal with misconceptions that adopted children arrive with?
  • What are issues with adopting older children and language barriers?
  • How big of an issue is language?
  • How long before your child becomes fluent?
  • When should you enroll your your child in school?
  • What are school issues related to adopting older children?
  • How to prepare existing children in your home for the adoption of an older child?
  • How does changing birth order affect your family in older child adoption?
  • What is food hoarding behavior and how to deal with it?

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