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.
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.
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.
A 7-year-old girl helps this author discover her maternal side.
Online images opened my heart, then my home.
I expected that my new daughter would need some time to get used to me, but I never thought she’d be frightened by me.
Our adoptive son rocks before going to sleep, and it’s started waking him up at night. How can we help him break out of this disruptive bedtime routine?
Our readers asked how to parent their adoptive children through the testing phase. Our expert has answers for dealing with lying, carelessness, and anger.
The first year after bringing home an older child is complicated, isolating, utterly frustrating...and amazing.
Strong connections to the past will allow your child to embrace the future.
A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.
What we learned about talking about a child's past and attaching in the present after adopting a 10-year-old from foster care.
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.
The transition from foster care to forever family can be difficult on a child. Use these strategies when bringing home an older child.
My little girl didn't fuss, never cried, and was utterly compliant. It was up to us to teach her to shove, yell, and demand — and find her voice.
Daring to parent an older child who has experienced hurt or neglect in the past will help him learn to trust and love.
After the initial adjustment stages, parents who adopt older kids often say, "Why didn't someone tell me that?" Here are eight of the lessons families I've worked with over the past 25 years have learned.
Our expert explains common feeding challenges with adopted older children, and their solutions.
When you adopt a toddler or an older child, be prepared to encounter some surprising behaviors. Experts and parents share their strategies and successes.
What we should have known before we took our newly adopted 13-year-old on a surprise Disney World vacation.
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?