Special Needs Adoption
Special needs adoptions refers to any adoption of a child that has needs that might makes it harder to find an adoptive family. These special needs can range from minor medically correctable issues to life altering conditions. It also includes older children and sibling groups. Adoptive parents considering special needs adoption choose which special needs they think is the best fit for their family.
The waiting time for an international adoption is usually less when adopting a child with special needs, but we caution parents to not make a decision based exclusively on speed when considering a special need adoption. It is important to educate yourself on the realities of parenting a child with this special need first. Creating a Family has many resources to help educate you.
Creating a Family has many resources on special needs adoption. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- Practical Tips To Help Parents and Caregivers Navigate Special Education Services (article)
- Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome (article)
- Establishing Daily Routines for a Child With Prenatal Exposure (article)
- Navigating Special Education and the IEP/504 Process (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- Health, Emotional, and Developmental Issues Common to Children Adopted Internationally (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- Helping Autistic Kids Shine (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
You will find many more Creating a Family resources, including articles, podcasts, and fact sheets for Adopting a Child with Special Needs at the icons below.
Sources: Creating a Family shows below
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