It is tempting to think of toddlers as just big babies or small children, but adopting a toddler is quite different from adopting an infant or an older child. Toddlers are old enough to know that their world is being rocked and that everything they knew and understand is changing, but not old enough to have this change explained to them. They also do not have the language to express their confusion.
There are tried and true techniques that can help adoptive parents help their newly adopted toddlers. Creating a Family has many resources on toddler adoption. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- The Ups and Downs of Adopting a Toddler (1 hr radio interview with Mary Hopkins-Best, author of Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft)
- Topsy Turvy World of Toddler Adoption (blog)
- Toddler Adoption and Attachment – Good News (blog)
- Suggested Books on Toddler Adoption for Adoptive Parents
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on adopting a toddler can be found at the icons below.
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