Tips for a Smooth Adoption Transition
Adopting a child is an exciting time for you and the adopted child. Often times there can be a whirlwind of change and emotions from fellow family members and of course the adopted child. Our Provo Adoption Lawyers are more than qualified to help make the adoption process as smooth, stress free and enjoyable for you, the adopting parent. While we help you get through the court processes of adoption we have also provided some steps to take to provide for a smooth adoption transition.
It can sometimes be difficult or even awkward to meet with the birth parents, but you should be open to the possibility of meeting up now or in the future. Your adopted child will soon have questions about their birth parents and you will want to know the facts to help them transition. Keep information on your child’s birth parents accessible for when questions do arise. Having letters and documents can help ease your child’s curiosity.
Be Open and Honest
You should be open and honest about the adoption of your child. This shouldn’t be some secret to be kept from them for many years. Having an openness about the adoption and the process you went through to get your child will help them open up with any questions or feelings they might have. Doing this provides the necessary bonding and trust needed in your newly growing family. Tailor the adoption story to be age appropriate for your child to understand.
It is very important to integrate your adopted child into the family as quickly as possible. This is especially true with children adopted at an older age. Get them into the routine of your house and help them feel like they are now truly part of the family. This can be done by doing family activities or even redoing the family portrait to show your child they are a wonderful addition to the family.
Involve your children in the decision to adopt. Explain to them the circumstances and how wonderful it would be to add a child in need to your family. It is very important to ensure your existing children that nothing will change with the addition of a new family member. Everyone will be loved and cared for equally as always and no one is being replaced by the “new” child. Having an open, age appropriate conversation with your children can help them through this process.
Adopting a child is a wonderful opportunity to provide a loving home to a child in need and a chance to expand your beautiful family. As wonderful of an experience as it may be there is still a lot of stress and worry involved. Adopting parents do not usually know how to navigate through the court system; this is why hiring an attorney to help you with the adoption is completely necessary. The adoption lawyers at Larsen Law Firm in Provo, Utah can help you every step of the way and speed up the adoption process. If you have any questions regarding adoption please contact us today.