"Parenting a Child Who Was Terrified of Love"

When you adopt an older child who pushes you away in anger, you learn a different way to parent, to give love without immediately receiving it in return.

Making the choice to adopt an older child created a family
When we adopted our daughter, Elyana, at age 10, my husband and I already had 18 years of parenting experience. He is a social worker and attorney who specializes in child welfare law. I am a social worker and adoption professional. Even so, we found little encouragement at first from friends and family, who generally thought we were nuts to adopt another child — adopt an older child, at that. They reminded us that we had three great children, busy ...

When you adopt an older child who pushes you away in anger, you learn a different way to parent, to give love without immediately receiving it in return.

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