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.

One teen's adoptee story of her fears on adoption day.

“Three Little Words on My Adoption Day”

A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.

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Family who is the subject of this foster adoption series

“Our Foster Adoption Journey” — Six-Part Series

Real parents who navigated the Fost/Adopt system successfully write about their rewarding experience in this six-part series.

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A child eating and overcoming food insecurity

Healing from Food Insecurity

If your child is prone to overeating or hoarding food, help her move past her food insecurity with these tips.

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Anastasia, after her surgery to repair her facial burns, with her mother

“I Am Not My Face”

We'd been prepared to help our new daughter deal with stares and questions about her disfigurement. Instead, she taught us a powerful lesson in courage.

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Adopting an older child can be rewarding

“What We Wish We Had Known”

Looking back, I began the journey of adopting an older child somewhat naively. My daughter and I agree that these seven truths could have made our path to happy a little bit easier.

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One mom describes the older child adoption transition period.

The Truth About Older Child Adoption

The first year after bringing home an older child is complicated, isolating, utterly frustrating...and amazing.

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One mother describes her journey, adopting teenager from foster care.

“Adopting Teenagers From Foster Care”

"My boys were teens when I adopted them, but that doesn't mean they didn't need a mom. Even if I was only 25 at the time."

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A photo taken on Justin's adoption day

“The Day I Joined a Forever Family”

A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.

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One mother explains the lessons she learned about older child attachment.

“Pushing Past an Older Child’s Barriers”

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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A child affected by reunification

Recapturing the Heart of Your Child

When a foster child who has been in your care goes back to live with his birth family, and then comes back to your home, a different child returns.

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Tips for adopting an older child from foster care

Easing an Older Child’s Adjustment

The transition from foster care to forever family can be difficult on a child. Use these strategies when bringing home an older child.

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