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Acquiring English

When parents adopt older children internationally, one of their concerns is about communicating with their new child, and about their child learning English. All children are different. ... [more]

Adopted Kids I Know

Intellectually, we know that kids come in all "flavors," including varying abilities, disorders, strengths, issues, etc. However, it's good to be reminded of the specifics of that... [more]

Dear Adoption Agencies

Dear Adoption Agencies, Thank you for helping us to find our children! We're so happy they're in our lives. As responsible consumers, a group of us decided to share our though... [more]

Does "Older Child" mean "Special Needs"?

It’s an issue that most adoptive parents must think about in their family-building process -- the older a child is at adoption, the more development has naturally occurred and with th... [more]

Grief and Loss in Adopted Children

As adoptive parents, our children's adjustment and confidence in their world depends upon our ability to identify their grief, assist them through their grief issues, and help them grow fro... [more]

In For the Long Haul

Some parents knowingly adopt special needs children. These children have biological and emotional issues that may stay with them for life. These parents may feel "called" to adopt... [more]

My Musings

Becoming an adoptive parent encourages thoughts about issues that never previously entered my awareness. Becoming an adoptive parent of a challenging child presents learning opportunities ... [more]

Older Child Adoption: Becoming a Family (Russia)

The process went quickly. Called my local agency in May, left for Russia in November. Of course it had taken me six years to move from "I like kids…" to, "Me a mothe... [more]

Spirituality in Adoption

Did you pray for a child? Did your child come to you in a dream? Did you feel a sense of total peace once you decided to adopt your child? Did you and your spouse feel "called" to... [more]

Successful Parenting Traits

All parenting is challenging. Adoptive parenting, however, adds additional challenges. I'm an adoptive parent, founder of a support group, writer, therapeutic tutor, and manager of a ... [more]

The Adjustment Period with a Dog (Similar to Adopting an Older Child)

Hannah found a dog a couple months ago. Interestingly, we'd been having discussions about possibly getting a dog. We were good citizens: put found dog notices up, called local vets, bought ... [more]

Things Everyone Told Me

As I traveled the first part of my adoption journey, everyone (friends, family, neighbors, and store clerks) had things to share with me. Some were said with a smile, some in a whisper... [more]

Things No One Told Me

Before I adopted my daughter, Hannah, age 6 at the time, I read lots of books. I talked to parents. I babysat. I researched. I observed. I was nervous about becoming a first-time parent and... [more]

Two Stories - Plus One

Two adoption stories have stayed with me… One was a family that contacted me after reading an article of mine in the local paper about older child adoption. They called and ... [more]

Who and What to Tell

As parents and parents to-be of older adopted children, we will continually be faced with decisions as to who and what to tell about our child's background. Are they adopted? When wer... [more]

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