How Do You Support A Friend Or Family Member Adopting An Older Child?
Older child adoption, generally referred to as adopting any child over the age of 2, occurs among single parents, couples without children and couples expanding their biological family to include adopted children. While there are challenges, which may include attachment, behavioral or emotional issues, there are advantages as well, such as having an understanding of the child’s abilities, interests and health. There are several things you can do to provide help and encouragement to your friend or family member in the process of adopting an older child. Read about older child adoption and the related issues. Select one or two books about adoption and older child adoption and learn about positive adoption language, attachment and bonding, the effects of neglect, and grief and loss in relation to adoption. Two helpful books are “The Essential Link: Attachment Information for Adoptive Parents” and “Adoption Is a Family Affair!: What Relatives and Friends Must Know.” A solid base of knowled