Adoption Education

 

Talking to Your Child About Adoption: Recommendations for Parents
For many adoptive parents, it is easy to talk about their first meeting with their child, the first day they brought her home, or their early memories of her; these times are usually joyful to recall. But the questions that adopted children have do not end – and may not necessarily even begin – with the day their adoptive parents brought them home…

Adoption Tax Credit Advocacy
The adoption tax credit, which can be claimed for eligible adoption- related expenses, has helped thousands of American families offset the high cost of adoption since the credit was established in 1997. Since 2003, families that adopted children with special needs could claim the full credit regardless of their qualified adoption expenses. The credit has made adoption a more viable option for many parents who might not otherwise have been able to afford adoption, allowing them to provide children with loving, permanent families…

Birthparent Counseling
Quality adoption counseling is an essential service that must be offered to all women facing unintended pregnancy. It enables them to make pregnancy decisions in an informed manner, after personal reflection, with all the facts and options on the table…

Global Trends in Intercountry Adoption
The global number of intercountry adoptions peaked in 2004 after a steady rise in annual numbers from the early 1990s. Since then , annual numbers have decreased to the point that by 2008 the total was lower than it had been in 2001, and by 2009 lower than it was in 1998. During this time, the rise and fall was evident in most regions and countries…

Guide for Families Adopting Cross-Racially/Cross-Culturally
The document will help your capacity and ability to meet unique identity needs of children who live witha family of a race or culture other than his/her own.

Supporting Maltreated Children: Countering the Effectes of Neglect and Abuse
Responsive adults – parents, teachers, and other caregivers – make all the difference for children. They can nurture these children; try to understand the behaviors before punishing a child; interact with children at their emotional age; be consistent, predictable, and repetitive; model and teach appropriate social behaviors; listen to and talk with your children…

Sensory Integration Therapies for Children with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
Sensory-based therapies are increasingly used by occupational thera- pists and sometimes by other types of therapists in treatment of children with developmental and behavioral disorders. Sensory-based therapies involve activities that are believed to organize the sensory system by providing vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, and tactile inputs…

Building the Foundations of Attachment – Adopting Older Children
The process of attachment and knowing when to draw near vs. moving away from a child is difficult one. Learn some tips that may help you determine how to respond when your child seems to overreact to circumstances beyond his control…

International Adoptions Recommend Testing

Congenital Syphilis

Lead Poisoning Prevention Information for Parents & Prospective Parents of Internationally Adopted Children
Important Information to safeguard the health of your child, during early medical exams in the U.S. The risk for lead exposure is higher in many countries from which children are adopted than in the United States. Sources of lead exposure vary by country. Concern exists about children adopted from overseas who have been exposed in their home countries…