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Life After Adoption: Strategies to Help New Parents Adjust

Life After Adoption: Strategies to Help New Parents Adjust

Adoption is a major life event that impacts on the lives and identities of both the adoptive parents and their child. The adoption process itself can be stressful, from decisions on which type of agency to use to how to respond to detailed home study questions. Once the initial difficulties are overcome and parents have a child in their care, the vast majority of adoptive parents express satisfaction with their adoption agency or attorney. However, adapting to parenthood brings its own challenges.

We recommend these tips for smoothing the transition into post-adoption family life:

Speak to parents who have completed a similar adoption

Parents who have gone through a similar adjustment process can advise you and become your role models. Regional support groups listed in the National Foster Care and Adoption Directory  provide specialized forums for discussions with those in the same situation.

Think about how to frame your responses to adoption questions

To avoid being caught unprepared, plan your responses to the questions relatives and friends will ask about the adoption. Consider carefully how much detail to share about your child’s background, and find a way to impart information to others that has a positive impact on your new family.

Develop a family identity that includes your child’s birth culture

This is particularly important where members of the family are clearly from different racial or cultural backgrounds.  Parents can ensure that the family engages in activities and builds friendships that promote this diversity.

Establish family routines and traditions

Children find rituals and routines stabilizing as they bring a calming rhythm to everyday family life. Apart from simple daily routines such as bath time and bedtime story reading, you may want to introduce special customs for birthdays, holidays or other occasions. 

Contact a therapist, social worker or other professionals experienced in adoption cases

If you need help in dealing with emotions or situations arising from the adoption, it is important to reach out to someone familiar with adoption and the issues it may trigger.   

If you are an adoptive parent in need of guidance either during or after the adoption process, contact experienced Dayton family lawyers at Fox and Associates CO., LPA . Our skilled attorneys are dedicated to providing you with personal attention and advice tailored to your unique situation. 



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