In most ways, parenting adopted children is like parenting children by birth – you love, you teach, you worry, and you set limits. You thrill in their accomplishments and you support them through their failures because that is what parents do. However, parenting a child that is born to and shares genetic ties with another family has some unique issues about which adoptive parents need to be aware.
We cover some of these issues in other sections of this site, such as talking with kids about adoption, school issues, and prenatal exposure. The rest we cover here.
The primary effect that the internet has had on adoptive parenting is the ready availability of information on birth families. This is a challenge for some adoptive families, particularly if your child’s adoption is not open to some degree.
Creating a Family has many other resources to help you navigate the issues presented by the internet at the additional resource icons at the bottom of this page. Here is an example of what you will find:
- Handling Social Media & Birth Family Contact with Your Adopted, Foster, or Kinship Kids (article)
- Navigating the Internet with Adopted or Foster Tweens and Teens (article)
- Helping Parents & Kids Manage Technology (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Handling Social Media (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
Creating a Family has many other resources for Adoptive Parenting. Here are a few of the most recent resources we think you will find particularly helpful:
- Practical Ideas to Boost Your Child’s Social-Emotional Learning (article)
- 6 Parenting Tips for Older Child Adoption (article)
- Making Friends with Adults of Your Child’s Race or Ethnicity (article)
- Trauma-Informed Parenting: Practical Applications of TBRI® (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- How to Raise an Intense Child (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- The Impact of Fostering & Adoption on Kids Already in the Home (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Suggested Books for Adopted Children (booklists broken down by age level)
Many more Creating Family podcasts, articles, and fact sheets on adoptive parenting can be found at the icons below.