Adopting a Tween or Teen: Special Issues to Consider

Adopting a Tween or Teen: Special Issues to Consider

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There are many children over 10 years old waiting to be adopted in US foster care, as well in orphanages throughout the world. Are you the family to adopt them? What special issues do families face when adopting a tween/teen?

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Intended Audience:

This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.

1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%)

Course Overview:

There are many children over 10 years old waiting to be adopted in US foster care, as well in orphanages throughout the world. Are you the family to adopt them? What special issues do families face when adopting a tween or teen? In this course, Mark Lacava, adoption therapist with the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin Adoption Services, discusses what families adopting teens or tweens should expect.

This course includes:

  • There are many children over the age of 10 available for adoption in the US Foster Care system, as well as in orphanages throughout the world. These children are some of the hardest to place because potential adoptive parents have worries about what issues adopting a teen or tween might bring.
  • How is adopting a teen or tween different than adopting a younger child?
  • Under what circumstances would it be ok to adopt an older child when you have younger children already?
  • How can parents make sure that the child is stable enough to not endanger other children in the home?
  • Parents worry that tween/teen behavior (sneaking out, drug or alcohol use, sexual information) might affect kids already in the home.
  • Not all tweens/teens have behavioral issues that make them a danger, but how can parents prepare for the steep learning curve of dealing with an angsty teen that you don’t know well?
  • How can you effectively set limits as the parent and the tween/teen are figuring each other out?
  • Once a child has learned to be independent and self-sufficient at that age, would it be hard to have rules and boundaries in a new environment?
  • Do parents who adopt teens have enough time to bond with the child before they turn 18?
  • What are some things we can do to bond with our older adopted child?
  • Often times when adopting an older child, openness is not an option because of safety reason or because it is an international adoption. How can we help children with identity formation when we have little info on their biological family or what info they have is negative?
  • What are strategies to help get through difficult periods when adopting a child over the age of 10?

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