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Parenting Your Adopted School-Age Child
Series: Factsheets for Families|
Child Welfare Information Gateway. |
|Year Published: 2009|
School-age children—those between the ages of 6 and 12—are learning critical skills and gaining interests that will carry into adolescence and adulthood. Adoption can add layers of complexity to their developmental tasks. Adoptive parents can best support their children by learning as much as they can about child development and by being aware of how adoption may influence their child's emotional growth.
This factsheet is designed to help you understand and respond to your adopted school-age child's developmental needs. It provides simple, practical strategies you can use to foster healthy development, including approaches for building attachment, talking honestly with your child about adoption, acknowledging his or her adoptive history, using appropriate discipline, and enhancing your child's school experience. Because some adoptive families will need extra help addressing their children's mental health needs, the factsheet also discusses when and how to seek help.
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6 - Summary