A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.
Older Child Adoption: Post-Adoption Support & Information
Advice from adoption experts and real adoption stories by parents who adopted an older child internationally or from U.S. foster care.
Years of working with at-risk adopted children have taught us powerful truths about how to forge a strong parent-child connection. When children have experienced maltreatment or neglect prior to adoption, the idea of family may be confusing to them.
Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.
At night, each of this mother's three children wanted to be with mom.
Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.
Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?
When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?
One adoptive dad describes four introductions he’ll never forget— those first moments when he met each of his four children but wasn’t yet their father.
My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.
How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.
"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.
People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.
When Christopher joined our family at age three, I had to set aside my tried and true parenting methods in favor of the sort of nurturing he'd never known.
The cruelest parts of infertility? Having to attend baby showers, coo over ultrasound pictures, and being told it’s “God’s will” that you’re still childless.
We adopted a teenager from foster care as veteran parents and thought we were prepared for what lay ahead—but our new son still taught us a thing or two.
Our seven-year-old daughter was adopted about nine months ago and is adjusting well. We wonder how to respond when she shows inappropriate affection to family members or friends.
When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.
There was no time for fun in the orphanage. But at home in America, four-year-old Jesse discovered water balloons, trampolines — and his inner Hercules.
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.
A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoption.