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.
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:
- Navigating the Internet with Adopted or Foster Tweens and Teens (article)
- Top Ten Adoptive Parenting Tips for Facebook and the Internet (fact sheet)
- The Internet’s Effect on Adoption (article)
- Common Sense Internet Rules For Kids (Adopted or Otherwise) (article)
- Helping Parents & Kids Manage Technology (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Handling Social Media (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
Creating a Family has many resources for Adoptive Parenting. Here are a few that we think you will find particularly helpful:
- 7 Character Traits Your Kids Need To Thrive (article)
- Advice to My Pre-Adoptive Parent Self, Advice to my Pre-Adoptee Self, Advice to My Pre-Foster/Kinship Parent Self (a 3-part series of articles)
- Strengthening Your Marriage/Partnership While Raising Foster, Kin, or Adopted Kids (article)
- The Traumatic Impact of Racism (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- How to Raise an Intense Child (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Raising Resilient Kids (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- Suggested Books for Adopted Children (booklists broken down by age level)
Many more Creating a Family interviews with experts, blogs, and fact sheets on adoptive parenting can be found at the icons below.