Therapy Animals for Adopted Children
Many adoptive families have found that pets help their children emotionally and socially adapt to a new home environment. We look into some studies that show why pets are therapeutic to adopted children.Continue Reading
Third Culture Kids: What is Your Child Experiencing?
Third culture kid (TCK) refers to children raised in a culture outside of their biological culture for a significant part of their developmental years. Learn more about the cultural research in this field here.Continue Reading
Mental Health and Adoption
Experiences of loss, grief, and trauma can have a lasting impact on an adopted person's mental health. Find out more about ways to decrease the risk of harm or suicide, as well as resources and support for issues that are common among adopted people.Continue Reading
The Importance of Infant Brain Development
Time and time again, we have all heard that the first few years of a child’s life are crucial to their brain development. Research shows that brain development in early childhood affects the child emotionally, socially, and intellectually for the remainder of their lives.Continue Reading
Tips for Parenting Children with Hard Pasts
This past week I was given the opportunity to attend an Empowered to Connect conference. At this conference, we learned about Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and parents were given methods for parenting a child with a history of abuse or neglect. We learned about techniques which children used to protect themselves during the period of abuse or neglect and ways parents can help their child overcome these tendencies and develop skills to thrive in safe environments.Continue Reading
Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder
Tina Traster adopted her daughter Julia as an infant. Julia, who was born in Russia, exhibited many traits of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). This article details Tina's experience parenting Julia, who is now 11 years old.Continue Reading
Helping Your Child Start at a New School
Changing schools is a daunting task for any child; this intimidating hurdle only becomes more challenging when newly adopted children are involved. While there is no “How To” book that covers all aspects of parenting, there are suggestions and advice of parents who have already helped their children become comfortable in a new school. Here are a few tips to make this transition as smooth as possible.Continue Reading
What is Post-Adoption Support?
We wanted to share here some of the important support services we know children and families often need and appreciate. If any of these services interest you, you can locate particular services in your area by talking to an adoption professional familiar with your journey or contacting NCFA.Continue Reading