My father and stepmother have rejected my son, after I placed him in an Open Adoption following his birth earlier this year. How do I deal with important family events where both parties would be welcome and invited? Snowflake details within. [more inside]
Best way to calm new adoptive parent fears and prepare for attachment issues? [more inside]
Adoption after infertility and loss: how did you reconcile the grief of not conceiving a biological child and come to find joy in the process of adopting? [more inside]
How do we "parent" a 16 year old girl?
My family is taking in a 16 year old girl to be a new member of our family. She's an amazing young woman in a tough situation. No behavior or academic issues (I taught her in 8th grade, she babysits for us regularly), some emotional issues (most likely due to her environment). We're going to go through the process of temporary custody, so this is not a question about "the system" or "legality". This is a question of family dynamics. We have other children in the house who are super excited as well, but our oldest is 7 and we have no idea how to come up with rules, routines, and boundaries for a 16 year old.
Of course we'll have to come up with what will work for us, but what kind of things should we be thinking about? We're already talking about curfew, bedtime!!!!?????, computer use, etc. What should we be thinking about that we might not be.
Any help from those with teens or those who have adopted older kids would be appreciated.
and I are planning to adopt a child from foster care and I am looking for reading materials. [more inside]
Going from zero to parents in a couple of weeks. Or less. Yikes! [more inside]
My wife and I are planning on having a second child, but we are pretty sure we want to adopt. [more inside]
What can you tell me about your experiences giving/raising/being an adopted child? [more inside]