Parents who have adopted have challenges that do not end right at the successful adoption process. Adoption comes in many phases, which they need to go through one step at a time. Being adoptive parents is no different from being normal parents. They also need to prepare for the ultimate ordeals of real parenthood.
Child professionals reveal that adoptive parenthood is more challenging when the child is already aware of the truth that he is adopted. It is expected that the child is carrying several baggages he wanted to unload. The adoptive parents’ role is to help him throughout the process.
Common Problems in Adopted Children Parents Should Prepare For
If you were an adoptive parents, you need to know and be prepared for the common concerns among adoptive children to ensure that they will grow normally. Here are the familiar issues you may encounter:
Adjustment Problems. Making adjustments to new people, new environment, new language, new way of life, and new sets of rules would not be easy for a child. All these would surely encourage anxiety, isolation, insecurity, and grief. If this would be the case, adoptive parents must, prior to adoption, ensure that they would know how to make it easier for the child to embrace his new life. Otherwise, the child would suffer from the absence of security and comfort from his new family.
Attachment Problems. This is common to children who experienced multiple placements and suffered insufficient affection. These problems could manifest through physical gestures, manners and behaviors. The adoptive parents’ challenge on these problems is on how to win the child emotionally as soon as he becomes part of the family.
PTSD. A child’s separation from his biological family would normally cause emotional and psychological impacts. It could be a traumatic experience for the child to suddenly depart from the people he got used to every moment of his life and into a new family. The child may undergo post-traumatic stress disorder which will be manifested through physical and emotional troubles. The adoptive parents’ challenge is on how to assure that everything is okay, and that he will never be left alone again.
ADHD. After such a tough situation, an adopted child will be expected to seek for attention. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is manifested through the child’s behavior and interaction with others, and reactions to some situations. As adoptive parents, it is their responsibility to provide the child with the favorable attention he needs and fill the void in his heart for him to be able to live his new life joyfully with his new family.
Other Problems. Aside from the four common problems mentioned above, there are still many other problems an adopted child may face. Most of these problems can be associated with emotional, psychological and the physical aspects. There are several factors affecting these issues that the adoptive parents should check in order to enforce the right resolution at an ideal pace.
Raising an adopted child is a real challenge to parenthood. It entails sacrifices and a lot of hard work. Adoption can also be tricky at times, therefore it is important to have a family lawyer to help address legal concerns. And if hiring a lawyer would be difficult financially, there are always alternatives. There are providers, like LegalShield and other firms, that offer affordable pre paid legal services. It is always important to secure your parenthood and the future of your child.
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