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.
What do parents need to know about medical history when adopting a foster child?
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.
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?
What we should have known before we took our newly adopted 13-year-old on a surprise Disney World vacation.
Although "expert advice" tells parents not to disrupt the birth order when adopting, reshuffling the deck gave us just the right hand.
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?
My child's background was tough. Now that he's with our family, do we really need to discuss the past?
We recently adopted a five-year-old. She seems so fearful and anxious! How can we help her learn to trust and love us?
In part six of our adoption odyssey, Angie and Alexandra become our children in the eyes of the law. In our hearts, that had happened months ago.
In part five of our family's adoption odyssey, we begin the tug-of-war also known as parenting a teenager.
In part four of our family's adoption odyssey, our daughter grapples with her learning disability.
In the third part of our family's adoption odyssey, our new daughters help us rediscover the joy in everyday moments.
In the second part of our family's adoption odyssey, we meet our new daughters and confront their past — and look to our future together.
In part one of our family's adoption odyssey, we make our way through our state's Fost/Adopt program and find that things don't always go according to plan. But sometimes, that's for the best.
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.
Parents must find a way to enjoy time with their child before they can end defiant behavior.