Realistic Expectations The First Year Home

Congratulations! Welcome to the journey of being an adoptive parent. As you get to know your child, you will realize what you don’t know! But not to worry, you aren’t alone. Take time to learn the skills to parent YOUR child. Connect with others who have similar experiences. Make time for yourself. The following articles were complied as a great starting point for your education as a new adoptive parent

  • A Different Perspective By Cynthia Hockman-Chupp
  • Strategies for Building Attachment By Karleen Gribble, BRurSc, PhD,
  • Top Ten Tips for Successful First Year Parenting By Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA
  • Why Grandma Can’t Pick Up the Baby By Sheena Macrae and Karleen Gribble
  • What is This Thing You Call Sleep? By Dr Julian Davies, MD
  • Transitional Feeding Difficulties By Dr Julian Davies, MD
  • Alone No More…Recognizing Post Adoption Depression By Heatherly Bucher
  • Adding The Oldest By Terra Trevor
  • Creating a Fit By Carrie Kitze
  • “When Do You Tell a Child he was Adopted?” And Other Secrets We Shouldn’t Keep By Adam Pertman
  • Unexpected Special Needs By Nancy Hemenway
  • Positive Outcome: How Can You Combat the Effects of an Orphanage  By Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS
  • The Impact of Trauma on the Adopted Child By B. Bryan Post
  • Ten Keys to Healing Trauma in the Adopted Child By B. Bryan Post
  • How to Find a Therapist Experienced in Attachment and/or Trauma tips from the Attachment & Trauma Network
  • Sensory Integration And the Internationally Adopted Child By Barbara Elleman, MHS, OTR/L, BCP
  • Facts About Parenting a Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder By Teressa Kellerman
  • How to Avoid the Syndrome of Parent Burn-Out by Harriet McCarthy
  • Being an Ally to Families Raising Children with Challenges By Ellin Frank
  • Help Your Child Ward Off a Mad Attack by Lynne Namke, EdD
  • Being with Your Child in Public Places by Patty Wipfler
  • Strategies to Deal with Anger and Power Struggles By Christopher J. Alexander, PhD
  • When Adoptions Fail By Kim Phagan-Hansel
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