Regardless of the age of the child being adopted, bringing a newly adopted child home is an adjustment for the child, for the parents, and for others in the family, and adjusting is hard time-consuming work.
Every parent, and if the child is old enough, every child goes into adoption with expectations of their life post-adoption. Very often these expectations do not meet reality, and unmet expectations bring their own stress.
Preparation in advance for the realities of newly adopted life and support during the transition time is crucial for adoptive families.
Creating a Family has an active and supportive online adoption support group full of people who have survived the transition period and share their experiences and support in the community we’ve built together.
We also have many resources to prepare adoptive families for Transitioning Home After Adoption. Here a few we think you will find particularly helpful:
- Basic Tips for Feeding Your Newly Adopted Baby (blog post)
- 4 Tried and True Tips for a Smooth Transition Home with Adopted Kids (blog post)
- Transitioning Your Child from Foster Care to Adoption (blog post)
- 9 “Easy” Tips for Surviving 1st 6 Months with Newly Adopted Kids (tip sheet)
- Adopting Older Kids – Things to Consider (1 hr. radio interview w/ experts)
- Transitioning Home as a Newly Adoptive Family: Things to Prepare For (1 hr. radio show w/ experts)
Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on transitioning home after adoption can be found at the icons below.
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