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Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four
Adopting Older Children addresses the most significant challenges surrounding older-child adoption (both domestically and internationally), including mental health, behavioral, and educational concerns. This thorough guide enumerates the issues an older adopted child faces and provides a comprehensive overview of problems and how adopting parents can successfully deal with ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by New Horizon Press
(first published November 17th 2014)
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Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four is an amazingly well written and well researched book. It is very comprehensive regarding the process and the many issues that may present themselves during the process of adoption. I truly wish that everyone would read this book. While some people seem to glide through the whole process with ease, for many others it is a different experience. It is important that people understand the monumental task tha ...more
This book was very informative, but could also be confusing. The authors spent a lot of time talking about general problems your kid could have (mental, physical) but no time on more specific problems (such as eating disorders). They would say "You need to...." and then not tell us actually how to do that. I thought Our Own - Adopting and Parenting the Older Child by Trish Maskew was more informative.
This could be a good introduction book to older child adoption for those completely new to it. As a mom who adopted a teen six years ago, the book was not helpful at all. There was nothing that I could apply to parenting my child. There was very little I didn't already know from other sources. Much of it focused on the pre-adoption aspect rather than post-adoption.
A good basic summary of the process, resources and needs of all people involved. It could use a little bit more discussion on post adoption situations, but covers the majority of the process well. An excellent resource for anyone wanting to adopt, or wanting to support others.
Stephanie has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. For the past decade Stephanie has worked on federally funded child welfare and child trauma projects. She is the co-author of four peer reviewed journal articles and one book. Stephanie has first hand experience with adoption. Currently she is pursuing a doctora ...more
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