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How can I help my family adjust to adoption?

Adopting an older child in Texas is a very serious decision to make, and once the adoption is approved challenges still remain. For instance, some families have difficulty integrating a new child into their home, which can be a sensitive process for all involved. In this case, Live About offers the following advice to help families and kids adjust.

Establish the same rules for all

It’s important to treat your adopted child as a member of the family. This entails providing the child with chores and tasks much like the other children in the family. Doing so serves two purposes. Firstly, it shows the children already living in your home that the same rules apply to all who reside there. Secondly, it shows your adopted child what will be expected of him or her as a member of your family.

Give your adopted child space

Adjusting to a new living situation can be difficult. In fact, many kids may feel bad about the experience, which can lead to unexpected behavior. It’s important that your family provide your foster child room to experience these emotions. A child must be allowed to adjust at his or her own rate, especially older kids who may be unaccustomed to living within a family unit. Also, try to be understanding when your adopted child acts out.

Set a good example

It’s natural for families to have their ups and downs. However, it’s important to set a good example in the days after your newly adopted child comes home. Make sure your children take steps to behave, which can help make for a smoother transition. Also, do what you can to keep your cool while going through the transition process. While obstacles will likely occur, it’s important to make the first few days as stress-free as possible, which will benefit all involved.

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