Long-Term Consequences of Adoption

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I have found some great articles on the long-term consequences of adoption. Those that adopt or place their child up for adoption must be aware of the possible issues that could occur at any time during this sensitive process. This post is in no way trying to discourage those interested in adopting to be afraid or have doubts, but rather an opportunity to educate yourself and prepare as best as possible if these issues arise. There are groups and support available to you if you need help navigating this very emotional and complicated time in your life.

For the Child

Research on Long-Term Effects

Long Term Issues for the Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons – PDF

Trauma that Lasts a Lifetime

Long-Term Effects of Adoption: An Empirical Study of Adult Adoptees

Statistics on the Effects of Adoption

For Birthmothers/Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents: Responding to the Adoptive Placement

The Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents – PDF

Long Term Issues for Birthmothers after Adoption – AMHC

For Adoptive Parents

Fears Regarding Adoption

Things to Do While Waiting For Your Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adoptive Parents

The Psychology of Adoption and Foster Care

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After the holidays are over it is easy to forget the children that received donated toys through programs such as Toys for Tots, are still in need of loving homes. These children had a moment of happiness, but what happens to those still in foster care or waiting to be adopted? What are the long-term psychological and physiological challenges that these children go through from conception until safely placed into loving homes? Are "loving homes" enough to repair the damage that some of these infants and children have been through? It takes persistence, consistency, and providing the appropriate resources to give these children the best start and future possible.

Adopting through Foster Care

The foster care system is in desperate need of good families that can provide care for children of all ages. Often these children are move from home to home and become separated from their siblings. This has been shown to exacerbate the separation trauma that they have already experienced. Repairing and establishing a bond with these children is imperative for their future and overall health and wellbeing. Many foster children are eventually returned to their biological families but then suffer the consequences of the trauma (separation or otherwise) that they will need help to heal from. There are excellent resources for foster children and parents such as:

The Westside Children’s Center

FosterCare.com

Adoption Voices Magazine

Adopting an Infant

Adopting an infant, although rewarding, can be very traumatic for all involved. The birth mother needs a lot of support as she grieves the loss of her child, even if she rationally knows it is what is best for her baby. The baby has to readjust and grieve the loss of its mother and what s/he has known for at least the last 9+ months, even if it was a toxic environment. In addition, the adoptive parents must adjust to their new roles as parents and form attachments to this child that might feel very difficult at first. Skin-to-Skin contact during this time is critical for establishing trust and a secure bond with your new baby. If you are thinking about adopting in the United States there are some great resources available to you such as

Child Welfare – Department of Health and Human Services

National Adoption Center

Adoptive Families

Adopting a Child From Another Country

Thousands of orphans in other countries are in need of being adopted each year. Each one of these children will have a unique set of needs and obstacles to overcome. Learning how to meet these needs can be challenging for some, especially if there is a language barrier. Sometimes these children are not held or touched very often, which can lead to sensory and attachment issues. If you are thinking about adopting internationally, please do your research and get counsel on how to best prepare yourself.

InterCountry Adoption – U.S. Department of State

Adoptive Families – International Adoption Facts

International Orphan Aid and Adoption Assistance

Adopting a Step or Relative Child

As with all family dynamics, adopting a spouse’s child or a relative comes with its own set of challenges. In these types of situations where there could be a high intensity of emotions, (such as with custody battles), making decisions the best interest of the child is imperative. Often these children are caught in the middle of a war they did not ask for. Making the transition as easy as possible will help them feel secure in the decisions you as the parent or guardian make for them.

*Please always go through established and trusted adoption agencies. Adoption Counselors and Attorneys are an excellent resource to help you navigate through your adoption process!

Hormones, Sleep, and The Unexpected Side of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy Hormone For Traumatic Brain Injury

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Pregnancy and Abuse –

How to Stay Safe for Your 9 Months

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Couple Makes Creative Stop Motion Time-Lapse Pregnancy Video

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Anything But Bliss – The Unexpected Side of Pregnancy

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Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Can Disrupt Immune System

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers Should Level With Women

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Happiness and Resiliency

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How to Help Your Child & Yourself

Become More Resilient

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Effects of Child Abuse

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10 Ways to Raise a Happy Child

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Can Childbirth Cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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For years, clinicians have researched, treated and warned against the effects of post-partum depression – a condition in which the mother becomes extremely depressed. At the very least, postpartum depression can hinder the bonding between mother and child; in the severest of cases, the mother may have thoughts of harming herself or her baby. But there may be yet another condition that clinicians need to be aware of, and it’s not one commonly associated with childbirth: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Simply the Breast: Mothers Gather for Breastfeeding Challenge

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A group of Prince Albert mothers and their children gathered at the South Hill Mall on Saturday morning to take a stand for breastfeeding.

Mothers breastfeed their children at the Gateway Mall on Saturday as part of the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2012. Lori Fletcher is at far left, while lactation consultant Janelle Amyotte sits third from left.

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Postpartum Depression: What to Expect When the Unexpected Happens

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Psychologists Say New Definition of Autism in DSM-5 Will Not Exclude Most Children Diagnosed

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Parents and psychologists have worried that a modern set of criteria for autism, to replace the subjective standard of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), would make some children ineligible for psychiatric and medical care, but that is not the case, says a team of psychologists.

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Child Abuse Experts Share Tips for Parents; Survivors Conference Planned in Portland

11677098-largeThe nonprofit Oregon Abuse Advocates & Survivors in Service (OAASIS), which works to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help those who have experienced it, hosts its annual conference Saturday in Portland.

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