Information for Prospective Adoptive Families from the Children's Bureau

November 4, 2015

Familiarizing yourself with adoption, assessing your motivation for becoming an adoptive parent, understanding laws and policies in your State, and connecting with other adoptive families are critical aspects of adoption success. Here, you can access information that can help you make informed decisions about adoption. Resources include State and local examples, personal stories from adoptive parents, and how to locate the support and assistance you may need after adoption.



Support and assistance after adoption


Adopting A Tween or Teen: Special Issues to Consider
Creating a Family (2015)
Hear a radio show interviewing an adoption therapist discussing older child adoption.



Foster Care Foster Adoption
Includes a selected list of articles, essays, videos, and reviews about waiting children, including older youth.



Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child

Series Title Factsheets for Families (2012)

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Summarizes how foster/adoptive parents can help their child make the emotional adjustment to being an adopted child. Children and youth may not clearly comprehend the difference between being a foster child versus being an adopted child in the same family. This factsheet provides suggestions for talking with children about the changes from foster care to adoption, helping them understand their own histories and losses, helping them cope with trauma and transfer attachments, and useful resources.



The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Older Adopted Children

Matloff (2014)

Adoption Advocate, 77

Places an emphasis on the importance of exercising flexibility and maintaining realistic expectations with older adopted children.


Register With AdoptUSKids


Register with AdoptUSKids if your family has completed your home study and search a free and comprehensive photolisting of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system who are available for adoption.



State and local examples


Adopting an Older Child


Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange

Addresses grief, adjustment, and bonding issues related to the adoption of an older child.


Why Not You...Why Not Me?

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Discusses a public awareness campaign in Texas that looks at common myths regarding the adoption of youth from foster care stressing that children, regardless of their age, never outgrow their need for parents.


You Gotta Believe

Discusses a Statewide campaign in New York City that focuses on finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and preteens in foster care.


Youth Are Never Too Old to Be Adopted

Flynn & Welch

Adoption Information Center of Illinois

Explores the result of a study underlining the four primary reasons that prompted adoptees to become permanent members of their families.



Personal stories from adoptive parents


Adoption Forum

Provides an online discussion site gathering various adoption themes, including adopting an older child, postadoption support, and assistance for families.


Personal Story: "Older Children From Foster Care Were Right for Us"


Building Your Family

Illustrates the experience of a foster/adoptive family through their challenges and joys



Information from the Children's Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



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