What I Wish I Had Known

Read the top eight insights about older child adoption that adoptive parents wished they had known beforehand.

Older child adoption stories and advice
No matter how much parenting you have done in the past, adopting an older child will be different. Not negative, just different. It's closer to the adjustment you make when you marry than when you go from childless to being the parent of a newborn; in marriage, each person comes to the relationship with preferences, positive and negative life experiences, and expectations, so each one has to learn new ways of doing things, and give and take. At some point, ...

After the initial adjustment stages, parents who adopt older kids often say, “Why didn’t someone tell me that?” Here are eight of the lessons families I’ve worked with over the past 25 years have learned.

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