Helping Children Cope After a Tragedy or a Natural Disaster

Adopted children have proof from their past that big, scary changes can happen. Here's how to help your child regain her sense of security when a natural disaster or tragic event triggers hidden fears.

Helping kids cope after disaster can be difficult
Many years ago, on September 11, 2001, my young daughter was worried. Although her birth parents lived in China – thousands of miles from the World Trade Center – she was afraid they'd died in the attack. Similarly, when an earthquake devastated Haiti's capital in 2010, school-aged children may have worried that their birth parents' homes had been destroyed, even if they were born in another country. By the time they turn six, adopted children know they have birth parents ...

Here’s how to help your child regain her sense of security when current events trigger hidden fears.

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