Parenting An Adopted Child Guide

We all could use a little help sometimes.

Denalee Chapman January 25, 2017

Becoming a parent is one of the most fulfilling and exciting changes that happen in a lifetime. Becoming an adoptive parent just adds one more layer to the change. Parenthood offers unique challenges, and a completely different lifestyle over not having children. Parenthood in an adoptive family adds a few more unique challenges, and yes … even unique joys. Let’s talk about some of these.

Seek Support for Your Child
2. Seek Support for Your Child

If you’re in a transracial adoption, or if your child has come from a foreign country, or if your child has special needs, s/he may not feel completely connected to those in your neighborhood, in your church group, the play group, or even in your family. This doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong, or that you don’t love him or her enough. It may just mean that your child needs to see that there are others like them. So look for international adoptee play groups, or a church that is focused on a particular ethnicity. Anything that will bring your child in contact with others like him or her. This will not pull your child away from you, but will help create a feeling of security, thus strengthening family bonds too.

Additional Reading
More Than Just Hair: Understanding The Significance Of African American Haircare
7 Ways To Celebrate Your Child’s Race
Transracial Adoption: Am I Choosing It For The Right Reasons?
I’ve Tried Celebrating My Child’s Birth Culture . . .and She Doesn’t Like it.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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