How to Help an Adopted Child Transition Into Your Home
Helping an adopted child transition into your home is certainly not a simple and easy process by any means but it is easier if the child is a baby or a young toddler. Babies and young toddlers have no prior history of any other families or homes. Therefore, the adopted child can easily transition into the home since it's all they know.
An older child will have a lot of memories of where they've been and they've had time to think about why their mom and dad placed them for adoption. He or she might be scared of the new environment and they also may have a really difficult time trusting you and other members of your family.
As parents, you will need to show the adopted child a lot of love but you still need to correct them if they've demonstrated bad behavior. Be firm but don't yell at your child or they may be scared to communicate openly with you from then on out, constantly thinking that you might yell at him or her.
Give the adopted child time to adjust to you and other family members in your home. Don't expect the child to hug you and greet all family members with open arms right off the bat. It's going to take time before your adopted child feels comfortable interacting with you.
If you have other children in your home, be sure you include your adopted child in conversations with your other youngsters. Doing so will help him or her feel as if they're a real part of your family. You know they're a family member, but the child may still fear that they won't be included in your family activities.
Also, you shouldn't make a fuss over him or her and make them the center of attention for months on end after they come home. Doing so will make your other children feel jealous of the adopted child and they make actually resent him or her.
For more information about helping an adopted child transition into your home, call Radis Adoptions at 800-813-9345 for help today.