What are the stresses on newly adoptive families regardless whether they adopt an infant or adopt internationally or adopt a child from foster care? What should you expect? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption and foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Jennifer McCallum, Lead Post Adoption Counselor at Buckner Children & Family Services, and Dr. Lark Eshleman, a consultant and educator whose expertise is working with children and families who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse.[sws_blue_box box_size=”530″]
- Domestic Infant Adoption
- Typical stresses adoptive parents feel.
- Feeling like a babysitter.
- Lack of sleep.
- How has the idea of cocooning impacted stress.
- Unrealistic expectations.
- Impact of infertility struggles on transitioning into parenthood.
- Stresses with parenting a child with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
- Stresses with Open Adoption.
- Older Child Adoption Through Foster Care or International Adoption
- Typical stresses adoptive parents feel?
- Unrealistic expectations of the child and of yourself.
- School issues.
- Parental attachment styles.
- How the way we were parented influences how we parent.
- Challenging behaviors.
- Sibling issues.
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