Tag Archives: Older Child Adoption

The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

[Book Review] The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

AF's editors review The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself, a story to help teach adoptive children that it's OK to let their defenses down and trust.

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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Webinar Replay – Parenting the Hurt Child

View the replay of the “Parenting the Hurt Child” webinar. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, guides parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

Playing with your child is a key component of our guide to bonding

An Age-by-Age Guide to Bonding

No matter how old your child is when she comes home, learn how to boost her attachment and connect her to her new family.

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A family in court on their 10-year-old son's adoption day from foster care.

“My 10-Year-Old Nephew’s Adoption Day”

Seventeen of us crowded into the court as witnesses to my nephew’s finalization, bringing an end to 10 years spent in foster care—10 years of waiting for this day.

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Baby adoption vs. older child adoption.

Choosing Which Age Group to Adopt

For lots of adoptive parents, the hardest part of the process is the “choice" — particularly what age they should adopt.

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Two happy brothers, after the adjustment period of older child adoption

Older Child Adoption — Becoming a Family

In this collection, adoptive parents share their experiences of parenting older children they've adopted and offer wisdom on that initial adjustment period.

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A woman at an airport, adopting while pregnant

“Through the Glass”

When people learned I was pregnant, they were surprised that I was still planning to adopt.

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Blended family

“Bonding with My Daughters Over Pink Nail Polish”

My first 19 years of parenting were spent learning the scientific names of dinosaurs and organizing a bug collection. Was I ready to parent preteen girls?

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A family formed via adoption, talking about "how we decided to adopt"

How We Decided

No one adoption route is right for every family. AF readers describe the thinking that went behind the route they chose.

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The Wells family, after the boys recovered from malnutrition

“Overcoming Malnutrition with Pizza, Pasta, and ‘Dabo'”

How a cooking-impaired mom managed a happy Thanksgiving.

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How one family decided to adopt older siblings from foster care

“Deciding to Adopt Older Siblings from Foster Care”

At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.

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Adoption Plan

“According to Our Adoption Plan”

Adopting a third child so quickly wasn't part of our initial design. But I've learned that the best things happen when you least expect them.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Upset About Mom’s Pregnancy

Q: We adopted our daughter from foster care at age 11. Two months ago, I found out I was pregnant. At first she was very excited, but now she huffs or changes the subject whenever it comes up. I’m sure she’s upset that she’ll have to share her room and her parents, but how can I prove that our love for her will remain the same?

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