Adopting a child with special needs can be intimidating, even scary. You may be afraid you don’t have what it takes. Your child’s needs will be more than you can handle. Or it will change your life in a way you didn’t expect or prepare for.
Fear and anxiety about something so monumental as welcoming a child — any child — into your life and home are completely natural. But if you truly have the desire and capacity to love and care for a child with special medical or developmental needs, do not let fear deter you.
Our team of social workers can, and will, give you all kinds of professional advice about adopting a child with special needs. But sometimes, the best advice comes from someone who has been there. Someone who has lived the experience you’re about to go through — and successfully come out the other side.
Check out some of our favorite pieces of advice from Holt adoptive families in the slideshow above. Their full stories are also well worth a read:
When Jade and David Presnell felt called to adopt an older boy with Down syndrome, they learned to overcome their fears — and let love win.
As you begin your adoption journey, one small step beyond your comfort zone may be all that stands between you and your future child. But openness in adoption looks different for every family.
When Brett and Noelle Hersom adopt a 9-year-old with a history of abuse and neglect, they soon realize that given the right combination of love, commitment, patience and flexibility, every child has the potential to heal.
Six-year-old Claire Peddicord has a heart condition and received heart surgeries both in China and once home with her family in Tennessee. But her parents, Kristin and Casey, have learned that one special need is even greater than her heart condition. It’s one that all waiting children have, and any loving adoptive family can meet.
Adoptive mom Jen Skipper shares about adopting her son who has developmental delays — the unknowns, the hardships and the hope she now has for his future.
Exposure to alcohol. This may be the most vague and full-of-unknowns special need you’ll come across in the profiles of children waiting to be adopted. It includes a vast array of outcomes, sometimes including no effects at all.
Since coming home to her family last year, Devki Horine — who has cerebral palsy — has amazed them with all she can do.
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