Participants will learn typical characteristics and behaviors of children adopted over the age of two years and the long term parenting skills necessary to facilitate a successful outcome.
Speaker/Moderator Bridget Devine, LSW, is an IAC Center Counselor with extensive clinical experience working with all adoption triad members; families of children with developmental delays, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues; and teenagers. She also worked at an adoption agency where she prepared couples and singles to become adoptive parents and provided counseling to help with the transition once the children were home. She will be joined by a Panel of Adoptive Parents and Teens who were adopted at an older age
You will learn:
Who are the children who need forever families?
How the abandonment, neglect, abuse and other trauma experienced by these children impacts the development of attachment and the trust
Phases of adjustment: Honeymoon, Testing, Settling in
About trauma and it's effects
Motivations for adopting the older child and how to decide if it is right for a particular family.
Characteristics of Families with Successful Older Child Adoptions
Strategies, Approaches and Tools to help both the child and the family
When & Where
Many of our clients seek counseling and psycho-education to help them cope with the emotional, social and practical issues related to their infertility treatment, failed infertility treatment cycle, miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Others come to us to discuss family alternatives including additional infertility treatments, donor options, adoption, surrogacy or the child-free family. Wherever you are in your process, we’ll help you consider the short-term, long-term, emotional and relationship factors associated with each choice.