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Tips for handling the challenges of transcultural adoptions

Raising a family is a rewarding and beautiful experience. But it can also be very challenging.

Transcultural families-i.e. families with adopted children from other cultures-are no different in this regard. However, some of the challenges that transcultural families face are unique to their situation.

What makes someone a high-quality adoptive parent?

Parenting is rarely easy. It can be especially challenging when the child is adopted and comes from a different bloodline, and perhaps a different culture altogether. If the child is older than an infant when placed, and thus has a memory of their past life, these challenges are compounded. Adoptive parents need to know how to approach their role with the grace and maturity it takes to overcome the inevitable obstacles. Unique issues will arise in the relationship between adoptive children and their parents that biological parents do not have to address.

Children have all different types of dispositions and tendencies in their behavior. Their curiosity levels rise and fall during their development. It is the goal of most parents to foster positive-growth and stability in their children. How can adoptive parents accomplish this?

How birth mothers can remain in contact with their child

Giving up a child for adoption is often a heart-wrenching decision. However, more and more adoptive families are forming relationships with birth mothers that extend far past the adoption.

This is often accomplished through “post-adoption contact agreements,” which outline how a child and their adoptive family can communicate with the child’s birth family. A post-adoption contact agreement can take many forms, from an informal agreement to a written contract.

Important aspects of Florida special needs adoption

Every child deserves a loving home with people who can look after all their needs. But for some, those needs require special care and attention. “Special needs” adoption can mean a variety of different things. Today, we cover important information those considering adoption should know about special needs adoption.

Adoption by single parents is probably more common than you think

Many people think that they need to be married to adopt a child. But, especially in recent years, more and more people are choosing to take in a child while they are still single.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, nearly one-third of adoptive parents are single. The vast majority of single adoptive parents are female – however, a small but growing number of single men adopt as well.

3 things you might not know about adopting siblings

One of the first questions someone looking to adopt will encounter is: “How do you feel about adopting siblings?” For some, the prospect of adopting more than one child can be scary. The idea of doubling the size of their family might be too overwhelming, or they fear they can’t give multiple children the attention they need.

Today, we discuss a few misconceptions about adopting siblings, as well as the benefits of keeping siblings together.

3 things to know about grandparent adoption in Florida

Sometimes, a child’s parent cannot provide the care that the child needs. Maybe they struggle with addiction. Maybe they’ve passed away, or they must serve a prison sentence. Whatever the reason, many grandparents take on the role of parent to ensure their grandchildren can have the life they deserve. They hold a special position in the child’s life, as both grandparent and primary caregiver.

Those in this position may wonder, “Should I adopt my grandchild? Can I?” For grandparents in Florida pondering this question, here are three things you should know:

Four qualities to consider in adoptive parents

Putting your child up for adoption is a difficult decision, especially for young mothers. No matter the reasons, you are ultimately making a choice that will help your child have the best life they can. However, you still have to choose their parents.

As a birth mother, you may have an image of the type of parents you want. They are both highly-educated professionals who wish to expand their family for the first time, or they are loving parents who want to add another member to their home. In both cases, you have to decide what qualities to look in those parents.

Do adoptive parents get family leave from work?

After going through the long process of adoption - from finding the right agency, to home visits, to bringing your child home - anyone would need a break. Parents looking to adopt may wonder whether they can take the equivalent of maternity or paternity leave from work. By understanding their rights provided by federal law, adoptive parents can better plan for adjustment and bonding time.

How adoption support services can help your new family adjust

New families of any kind go through changes they could never have imagined. Adoptive parents are no different. When the long adoption process is finally over, you might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of finally being a parent. You've probably heard it before, but it's worth saying again: There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

Keep reading to learn more about adoption support groups and other resources for adoptive parents in Florida.

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