5 Things to Know About Adopting an Older Child

  1. A child is considered “older” if they arrive home older than 5. After age 5, a child’s chance of joining a family through adoption decreases significantly.
  2. All parents of older adopted children say that despite missing out on the earliest days of life, there are still many joyful “firsts” to experience together!
  3. Older children in orphanages often develop self-protective behaviors. With Holt’s education and training, you will learn how to help your child heal from a traumatic past.
  4. Some kids will have few problems in school, while others will need some specialized support or pacing — particularly if they are also learning English!
  5. Adopting an older child is less about helping a child fit into your family, and more about the entire family adjusting to their newest member and his or her culture, history, language and more
…Plus 5 more!!

  1. There are many, many children 5-16 years old who are waiting for a loving family of their own.
  2. Parents say one of their biggest fears is helping their child learn English. Today, there are lots of apps, tools and technology solutions to make communication easier than ever before.
  3. Flexibility, realistic expectations and a sense of humor are vital to welcoming an older child home.
  4.  Older children often long for families. The older a child is when they come home, the more they will be able to talk about what they hope and wish for in a family, including siblings!
  5. Kids don’t stop needing their parents when they turn 18. This is especially true of older adopted children.

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