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Tips for adjusting to a newly adopted child

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2017 | Adoption

When you adopt a child, there are several things that you have to think about throughout the process. Being prepared for what is to come can help you to feel a little less stressed.

Getting ready for bringing your new child home takes work. The adoption process and the period that follows aren’t to be rushed through.

Plan for the age of your child

If you are adopting a newborn, you will have to get the nursery ready for the baby. If you are adopting an older child, finding out their interests can help you to decide how to decorate the nursery.

In some cases, you might want to let the child decide on the decor for the nursery. This could make the child feel more at home when he or she gets to your house since he or she will have a space of one’s own.

Give your child time to adjust

Moving in with a new family is a huge deal for a child. While you might be ready to go out and have a big celebration, the child may prefer a low-key day that allows him or her to adjust to the significant change. A toddler might not care about the move, but an older child might be overwhelmed if you have a big party with a lot of new people. Instead, give the child time to adjust to the family and let him or her slowly meet people. You can always plan a shindig later.

Take your time

Another thing that will take time is for you to build a relationship with the child. You won’t be perfect and neither will the child. Remember that this is something that will likely occur over time. Instead of trying to rush things between you and the child, focus on making things better each day. Keep your child close but don’t forget to let him or her explore when appropriate.

Your new child will have a lot of changes happening in a short time. If the child is in school, this is another adjustment that has to be made. All of this might be overwhelming so make sure that you are there to provide support when necessary. Older children might also need someone impartial to speak with about certain matters, so you may need to work with a counselor or someone in a similar role.