Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it's a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don't suffice.
When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.
Our older child adoption expert explains what works, and what is sure to fail when disciplining your child.
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"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.
Answers to your parenting questions.
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Our expert explains common feeding challenges with adopted older children, and their solutions.
We've decided to adopt an older child. We have two children now, and we're wondering how best to integrate our new child into the family. What's your advice?
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?
My child's background was tough. Now that he's with our family, do we really need to discuss the past?
We recently adopted a five-year-old. She seems so fearful and anxious! How can we help her learn to trust and love us?