November 25th Adoption Book of the Day – “Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child”

The Adoption Book of the Day for today is “Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child: From Your First Hours Together Through the Teen Years” by Patty Cogen! Thanks Meg Montgomery for this wonderful review! Patty Cogen, a retired child development specialist and child and family therapist as well a mom of two grown children, one birthed, one adopted has written an engaging book to support and educate parents of adopted children as well as adoption professionals. Patty Initiated a group for parents and their adopted child(ren), calling it “First Year Home Group”. Through this group she intended to provide education and support similar to what she found easily accessible to her

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Becoming a Multicultural Family

by Megan Montgomery Helping your adopted child connect with their birth culture pays dividends. When you choose to adopt internationally the odds are great that you are adding diversity to your family. With this choice you are also making the decision to accept, value and participate in another culture-–your child’s birth culture. A few helpful reminders as you embark on such a task: Your depiction of your child’s birth culture will influence how they view themselves and where they came from. Your knowledge of your child’s birth culture will help you to answer questions your child has as they grow. Your commitment to incorporating your child’s birth culture into your

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Waiting Child Adoption from China

by Megan Montgomery The China adoption program has been placing children with additional needs and older children with interested families for a number of years. This path to adoption from China has often been called Waiting Child adoption or Special Needs adoption. Over the last couple of years, this process has evolved significantly. Today, families considering adopting a waiting child (a child who is older or has known medical needs) from China have multiple options when adopting a waiting child. The more traditional path includes registering with an agency, submitting the dossier, and then being matched through the agency with a child who is waiting. A second option is for

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What to Expect #3: Attachment and Bonding

To even begin to understand the reality of attachment and bonding we need to know what these terms mean. Attachment: Attachment is a tie between two people. Healthy attachment is a two-way street, this occurs when a caregiver (parent), provides stable and consistent responses to the child’s distress. Distress occurs when a baby or child experiences hunger, fatigue, illness or any other type of discomfort. Bond: The lasting relationship/the connection, the “emotional glue”. Factors which may impair healthy attachment include: multiple caregivers, invasive or painful medical procedures/hospitalization (in particular hospitalization at critical developmental periods), sudden or traumatic separation from a primary caregiver, neglect, sexual or physical abuse, prenatal alcohol or

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The Conundrum of Age Assignment for Children Adopted from Abroad

by Dr. Jane Aronson Introduction The establishment of age for children adopted from abroad can be challenging for parents and adoption professionals. When children have been left in a public place without a note, adults are forced to guess the age. For infants, this age assignment is pretty easy especially if there is a remnant of the umbilical cord. For older children it is more challenging and depends on the practical experience of those adults who find and place the child. Those families who receive referrals of children who come into care without a known birth date need to be mindful of cultural and clinical factors related to age assignment.

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Korea Adoption

Historical Context of Korean Adoption The Republic of Korea (ROK) better known as South Korea is located on the Korean peninsula down from China. South Korea is bordered on the north by North Korea. It’s southern tip is only separated by a few miles of ocean from Japan. Korea is cold in the winter and hot and humid during the summer. Technologically advanced, Korea’s economy has grown exponentially since its destruction during the Korean War in the 1950’s. In the last fifty years, Korea has changed rapidly from a country based on farming and villages to one where most of its 50 million people live in cities. It now has

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International Adoption: Haiti

Historical Context of Haiti Adoption Haiti is a French and Creole speaking Latin American country located in the Greater Antilles archipelago on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. This island of Greater Antilles was discovered by Christopher Columbus on December 5, 1492. The total area of Haiti is 27, 750 square kilometers (10,714 sq mi) and its capital is Port-au-Prince. Haiti is the least-developed county in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest i the world. Comparisons of social and economic indicators show that Haiti has been falling behind other low-income developing countries (particularly in the hemisphere) since the 1980s. Haiti’s economic stagnation

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International Adoption

The Process Each year over 20,000 foreign-born children are adopted by families in the United States making international adoption a very viable option for prospective parents to  consider. The below selected books aides in the adoption process including progressive steps of paperwork and parent education; making careful choices about an agency and an adoption professional will help ensure a successful outcome, and will help parents learn about the very personal aspect of adoptive parenting. Suggested Books The Decision: Transracial or Same Race Adoption Before deciding to adopt internationally across racial lines, parents need to understand the importance of helping a child “claim” his or her cultural and racial heritage, in

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Ethiopian Adoption

Historical Context of Ethiopia Adoption Ethiopia, a land of rugged beauty, is the oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. The ancient home of the Queen of Sheba, it was left bankrupt by years of civil war. Drought, floods, famine, and disease have pushed many thousands of Ethiopian children into institutions because their parents are either no longer living or are unable to care for them. There are seven U.S.-based adoption agencies authorized by the Government of Ethiopia to provide adoption services, and several others pending accreditation. The government office responsible for adoptions in Ethiopia is the Adoption Team in the Children and Youth

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The Changing Face of International Adoption

by Megan Montgomery Every few days or so we notice something in the news about the declining numbers of international adoptions, so we decided to examine it and truly believe the decline can’t be narrowed down to any single factor.  However, over the past few years international adoption agencies have closed their doors or their country programs, or have attempted re-build their programs.  New policies and procedures have been put in place and in some cases fewer children have been made eligible for Inter-country adoption in a greater effort to find families in their country of birth. For years International Adoption statistics were soaring, with the peak being in 2004

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