When Your Older Child Comes Home

We're about to adopt a seven-year-old. Does he have to start school right away? What about medical care? What can wait until we've bonded?

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The first months after you adopt an older child will be busy, exhausting times for everyone in the family. First and foremost, keep in mind that you've probably spent months, or even years, preparing to welcome a child, but the child you're adopting has probably had little or no preparation to become part of your family. You can't anticipate how successfully your child will manage the transition, but you can do much to smooth the journey. Before the Arrival Adopting an ...

We’re about to adopt a seven-year-old. Does he have to start school right away? What about medical care? What can wait until we’ve bonded?

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