Bonding and New Family Dynamics After Older Child Adoption


When you adopt an older child, it will take time to help her adjust to life in a new family. Find expert advice on older child attachment and read families’ personal stories.

One mother's story of post-adoption depression.

“Do I Love Him Yet?”

“Do I Love Him Yet?”

Before adopting an older child, I had never heard of post adoption depression. That's why it never crossed my mind when I had trouble attaching to my son.

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Parental instinct trumps parenting books

“What the Books Didn’t Tell Me”

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.

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When we brought our son home through foster care adoption, he taught us an important lesson.

“Real-World Lessons”: Adopting a Teenager from Foster Care

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.

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A new sibling through older child adoptionmay change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Making the choice to adopt an older child created a family

“Parenting a Child Who Was Terrified of Love”

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.

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Adopting an older child can be rewarding

“What We Wish We Had Known” – Older Child Adoption

A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoption.

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interactive ways to help an older child talk about adoption and her personal history

7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

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.

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Adopting a toddler may be right for your family

Small Wonders: Adopting a Toddler

Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge.

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