Transitioning to a new family, new home, is overwhelming for anyone, let alone for a child with a trauma history. It's important for teachers to be aware not only of potential triggers but how to address behaviors in the classroom in an educated and trauma informed way. Parents have the opportunity to be strong advocates for their children in the classroom, as teachers are not always aware of the special needs that can arise with older child adoption.
With back to school right around the corner, it's important for parents to be armed with the skills to address issues surrounding bullying. No matter how amazing kids are, the reality is that 1in 4 children are bullied during their school age years. Children who are bullied can experience an increase in depression, anxiety, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and more that can persist into adulthood.
Older child adoption is a wonderful thing. Currently there are over 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of teens in care will age out of the foster system without finding a stable, loving family. In 2015 alone, 20,787 teens and young adults aged out of the foster system without a family on which to rely. Outcomes for youth who age out of care are not positive:
Everyone knows that parents with an infant need as much social support as possible. A new study has found that parents of teens also need as much social support as those with newborns. In particular, if you are parenting an adopted older child, supports are essential to solidifying a bond with your teen. Below is an article from NPR detailing the findings of this study.
The Barker Adoption Foundation welcomes adoption applications from couples and individuals of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations and gender expressions.
The Barker Adoption Foundation, with offices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit adoption agency. We support birth parents and their families, as well as adoptive parents and adoptees with lifelong adoption-related services.