"Pushing Past an Older Child's Barriers"

What We Have Learned about Older Child Adoptions

In June, my husband Bob and I made a phone call that changed our lives forever. We initiated the process that would lead to adopting our daughter, Teresa. In those early weeks we could not imagine what she would be like or how she would fit into our lives. But we did know that we wanted an older child, maybe even a teenager. Our personal experiences with nieces and nephews, and our professional experiences in human services helped us choose ...

What we learned about talking about a child’s past and attaching in the present after adopting a 10-year-old from foster care.


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