It is tempting to think of toddlers as just big babies or small children, but toddler adoption 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 adopting a toddler. 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 The Weaver’s Craft)
- Topsy Turvy World of Adopting a Toddler (blog)
- Toddler Adoption/Attachment – Good News (blog)
- Suggested Books for Adoptive Parents
Many more Creating a Family interviews with experts, blogs, and fact sheets on adopting a toddler can be found at the icons below.
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