In most ways, parenting adopted children is like parenting children by birth – you love, teach, worry, and set limits. You thrill in their accomplishments, and you support them through their failures because that is what parents do.
However, parenting a child born to and sharing genetic ties with another family has some unique issues of which adoptive parents need to be aware.
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)
- Handling Screens and Technology as a Family (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Handling Social Media as an Adoptive or Foster Parent (online parent/caregiver training course from CreatingaFamilyEd.org)
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:
- Finding the Balance Between Structure and Nurture (article)
- 5 Rules of Thumb for Your Family’s Digital Health (article)
- It Is Time to Uproot the Old Family Tree Assignment! (guest article)
- Problematic Sexual Behavior (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Basic Baby Care (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Helping Internationally Adopted Children Develop a Healthy Cultural and Racial Identity (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.