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  1. Impact of Divorce on Adopted Children

     

    Many adopted children find themselves dealing with attachment issues, sometimes borne of lingering feelings of abandonment towards their birth parents. When they are placed with their adoptive family and that adoption is finalized, a new foundation of trust and attachment can begin. Unfortunately, when parents decide divorce is their only option, that choice can threaten to shatter their child’s belief in their familial bond. However, parenting does not end in divorce, even when if a marriage does.

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  2. There are many different reasons why people adopt. Some cannot have children of their own for medical reasons, while some choose to adopt in addition to their own biological children. Whether it is an open adoption or closed, an adoption of stepchildren or an LGBT adoption, there is always the added complications of external family.

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  3. Fostering or adopting a child can be one of the most loving, giving, rewarding, and challenging deeds you can ever do. However, going into this blindly can lead to various kinds of failures as a parent or a decision to abandon the child back into the system again. If you are considering an LGBT adoption or fostering a child who identifies as LGBTQ, you should get some additional guidance on how to handle these sensitive challenges you and your child may face.

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  4. One of the most common forms of adoptions in general, and open adoptions, in particular, are the adoption of stepchildren by their step-parents. These adoptions are different from traditional newborn adoptions or adoptions that begin as foster parenting in that the child or children are biologically connected to one partner, but not the other. This creates some special dynamics that you need to be aware of in the adoption process and as a step-parent.

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  5. Getting your child to sleep through the whole night is a huge issue for all parents, but it is especially difficult for adoptive parents. How can they build attachment with you while also getting a good night sleep?    

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