Preparing for the Arrival of Your Child – part 7

Depending on the nation the child is coming from, the age and disability, and the child’s most recent living environment (orphanage, foster home, living on the streets, etc.), the needs of families adopting internationally will be mild to radically different from those adopting domestically. Children from other countries may have ESL (English as a Second Language) issues, may need extra time to adjust to the change of culture and the level of care, and may arrive with health problems not commonly seen in the USA, such as parasites picked up from unsafe drinking water.

For these reasons, it is paramount that people adopting internationally maintain close ties with their adoption agency and international adoption support group for specific help and information. Here are some more tips:



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