Guide To Bonding With Your Internationally Adopted Child

You've been waiting for this bond for a while, so how can you make it stronger?

Susan Kuligowski July 24, 2017

The build up to finally meeting your adopted child can be so overwhelming and exciting that considering the next steps can easily slip your not-even-a-fidget spinner-can-focus-me mind–and with good reason. International adoption is a complex journey that leaves many parents reaching for a nonexistent playbook after the dream has become a reality–one that now squirms in your lap, looks into your eyes, and waits for you to make the first move.

Making sure that you’re prepared to bring your child home requires more planning than the layout of his bedroom or what time you’ll sit down for meals or put him to bed each night. While there are books upon books about building strong bonds, a few simple things that you should consider and can plan for now include the following.

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Susan Kuligowski

Sue Kuligowski is a staff storyteller at The mother of two girls through adoption, she is a proposal coordinator, freelance writer/editor, and a adoption advocate. When she's not writing or editing, she can be found supervising sometimes successful glow-in-the-dark experiments, chasing down snails in the backyard, and attempting to make sure her girls are eating more vegetables than candy.

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