Helping your adoptive child feel at home in your family

Recently, you have received word that the child you have been fostering is going to become part of your family through the adoption process in North Carolina. This much-anticipated transition is something that your whole family has been looking forward to and you are eager to understand how to make this process both effective and genuine. At Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling, we are committed to helping families with the things that matter most to them. 

As soon as you discover that you have been cleared to legally adopt your foster child, immediately begin discussing the potential of this opportunity with your family. If you have other children in your home, discuss their feelings toward having a new sibling and establish family goals for what can be done to help your home transition from a temporary place to stay, to a permanent residence where your adopted child can live with happiness, contentment and stability.

According to childwelfare.gov, agree with your spouse to provide honest and helpful information to your adopted child about his or her history and personal background. Discuss with your family members how to answer questions about your adopted child without being offensive, inconsiderate or insensitive. Establish ways to celebrate your adopted child's induction into your family and make it a unique part of your family's yearly celebratory occasions. 

When you make an active effort to help your adopted child feel welcomed and wanted in your home, you can encourage him or her to begin adjusting with ease and anticipation for what the future holds. For more information about adopting a child, visit our web page.  

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