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.

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When Your Older Child Comes Home

When Your Older Child Comes Home

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?

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Two sisters who joined their forever family via Fost/Adopt

“Learning How to Settle In” — Part 3 of Foster Adoption Series

In the third part of our family's adoption odyssey, our new daughters help us rediscover the joy in everyday moments.

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Disruption may be the only option

Letting Go: The Truth About Adoption Disruption

The decision to disrupt an adoption is agonizing. But if it's been made, we must focus on the child's best interests rather than on placing blame, say families and experts.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Older Child Adjustment

The older child we're adopting is coming to us after seven years of foster care in another country. How can we make the transition easier?

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Rejection of one parent can be overcome

When One Parent Is Rejected

A newly adopted toddler may ignore or even push away one parent. Here's how to cope and earn his trust.

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