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5 Tips for Adoptive Parents: Bringing Your Child Home

5 Tips for Adoptive Parents: Bringing Your Child Home

Do you know what to expect from the adoption process? Have you imagined exactly what it will be like when your family finally comes together? All the preparation involved when adopting a child can lend itself to an overwhelming amount of anticipation. It’s to be expected. It’s a long journey: you go through a home study, get fingerprinted, put together a family profile, and then wait expectantly for the day to arrive when adoption becomes a reality in your home. You wait and wonder and imagine what it will feel like when you bring your adopted child home.

If you want to avoid focusing so much on the anticipatory stage that the reality of bringing your child home is a shock to the family system, consider these strategies.

Remember that it’s sometimes a waiting game – be prepared to be patient. Do all the things that you won’t have the time to do when you bring your adopted child home to their new space. Finish your to do lists for things around the house. Go on that vacation that you’ve been planning for a while. Get your home ready.

Do your research – find out what your adopted child’s life was like before they came to you. If you are adopting a newborn, you may not have too much to learn, but if the child you are adopting is older, you’ll want to know what their life has been like; what they’ve experienced. You’ll want to know their routines, what comforts them when they’re upset, how they like to be held, their favorite games and toys, etc.

If you have any other questions about adoption and how to prepare your home and your family for your adopted child, please get in touch with the adoption lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys. We can help you make sure that you aren’t missing anything important as you get ready for one of the most amazing days of your life – the day you finally bring your adopted child home.

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