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Older Child Adoption
Is it Right For You?

An older child adoption is not for everyone, but for those called to this special adoption, it can mean laughter, joy, frustrations, and the satisfaction of seeing a life dramatically changed for the better.

If you are thinking of an older child adoption, carefully examine your motives before you consider applying. Never adopt a child out of altruistic feelings. Your children will never thank you for bringing them into your home. In fact, they will likely miss their former home even if it involved some deprivation!

my handsome son Also never take on an older child adoption because you think it will be easier than adopting an infant. I know this by experience; children never get easier to raise. True, I no longer have to dress my ten-year-old, and I don't have to spoon feed him, but he still demands a lot of time an attention. So will the older child you adopt.

So What Are the Benefits of an Older Child Adoption?

They can do more. They can dress themselves, and brush their own teeth. Also they can (although that doesn't guarantee they always will) talk with you, and tell you what's going on in their lives.

And the Downsides?

They will have pasts you may not know about. They will remember and grieve their birth parents, the staff at the orphanage and the friends they have lost. They will have to cope with moving to another country and living with people they don't know very well. And they will have to learn to trust you, an adult. If the adults in their lives have betrayed them in the past, that could be a problem.

They'll express their frustration and grief through prolonged crying, shock, acting angry and defiant or withdrawing from you. They are also likely to regress and act far younger than their age, at least for awhile.

So Do You Have What It Takes?

Here are some of the traits you will need for a successful older child adoption:

You're Realistic

You know it won't be mutual love at first sight, and you are willing to work at the relationship with your child, just as you would any relationship. Your child likely won't bond to you right away. You know that, and you're willing to wait.

You Know You're Child Will Be Needy

And you are willing to work to meet those needs, all the while realizing that your child will be incapable of meeting your needs.

You Are Flexible and Can Handle Any Problems That Arise

No, that doesn't mean you have to know everything, but it does mean that you aren't the type of person who freaks at change. With an older child adoption, things in your life are going to change dramatically!

You Can Laugh

Nothing deflates stress quicker than a sense of humor. My mom, who worked in a hospital for thirty years, said hospital staff who learned to laugh were far less likely to have a nervous breakdown. If you can laugh, you can handle just about anything that comes your way.

You Are Dedicated

If you aren't willing to stick by your child through thick and thin, whether he loves you or not, you might not be able to handle adopting an older child.

You Are Willing to Turn For Help When Needed

If you think you know everything about adopting an older child, you're setting yourself up for failure. No one can deflate your pride faster than your child. You must be willing to ask for help when you need it.

You Have a Strong Marriage

Don't adopt a child hoping that will strengthen your marriage - ever. Make sure your marriage is strong before you take any child into your home, and that goes double for adopting an older child.

You Have Good Communication Skills

This is crucial for any good relationship, but especially important for your older child adoption. Your child won't be able to read your mind. You must be able to communicate with him clearly.

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International older child adoption has its own unique set of challenges and does require patience, outside support and work. But these adoptions do typically work.

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