It's not often talked about, but adoptive parents can experience postadoption depression after a child is placed with them, especially if the reality of the child is different from their imaginings and expectations. Find resources in this section to help families understand and obtain resources and information regarding postadoption depression.
The Impact of Adoption
Overcoming Post-Adoption Depression Syndrome and Bonding Issues
Provides a list of questions to guide newly adoptive parents in considering potential causes of postadoption depression syndrome.
Post-Adoption Depression: Finding Help and Finding Hope
Outlines symptoms of postadoption depression and explores coping mechanisms for newly adoptive parents experiencing these emotions.
Post Adoption Depression
Creating a Family (2015)
Provides resources that examine postadoption depression and parent attachment disorder in the context of new adoption.
Why Aren’t I Happy? Recognizing Post Adoption Depression Syndrome
Adoptions Together (2013)
Explores the prevalence of postpartum depression syndrome and the ways in which knowledge, preparation, and support can mitigate symptoms.