If you are one of the lucky ones who adopted an older child, you already
know what I’m about to say. It can be the best thing that happened
for your family. It’s not the right move for every family, but in
some cases, it is the perfect scenario. Families with older biological
children and older prospective adoptive parents often find the adoption
of older children to be advantageous for their situation.
Benefits of Adopting an Older Child:
A Shorter Waiting Period: In some cases, adopting an older child will result
in a shorter waiting period, simply because the match between an older
child and a prospective adoptive family may occur sooner due to the number
of children ready for adoption. This can also be the case with sibling
group adoptions and special needs adoptions.
Opportunities to Actively Bond: Parents who adopt an older child will find
that there is a much longer list of activities and opportunities to bond:
playing in the park, going on bike rides, hiking, going to the theater
to see a movie, visiting an arcade, cooking together, etc. Shared activities
and outings like this can create common ground that is a tremendous support
Greater Independence: Older children are less dependent. They will be able
to handle dressing, bathing and entertaining themselves for the most part.
And an added bonus that anyone can appreciate is that adopting an older
child means no diapers and no eventual need to potty train. The greater
independence of older children can be a huge blessing for older parents
or single parents adopting a child.
Building a Family: Some families who already have older children in place
will find that adopting an older child closer to the age of the children
they already have is advantageous. Many purposefully adopt an older child
in order to provide a sibling near in age to a biological child.
Medical/Life History: When adopting an older child adoptive parents have
greater and more all inclusive access to medical history and life history
information because older children can share what they know. They may
know their birth parents and/or some of their life history that could
be helpful to adoptive parents. The additional knowledge can sometimes
prove irreplaceable as tools for successful parenting.
If you are planning to set out on the journey of adoption, please consider
getting in touch with an experienced
Arizona adoption lawyer
Arizona Family Law Attorneys.