Adoption: Where Do I Start?: Step 7: Parent Your Child

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Step 7: Parent Your Child

What You Should Know

The final, and most important, step in the adoption process is to be a parent to your adopted child. Adoption is a lifelong process. Your family, like many families, may need support adjusting to life with your new child. Your family and your child may have additional questions at different developmental stages.

Some Places to Go

Read more in the Parenting Your Child From Birth to Adulthood section of the Information Gateway website:

This includes information about:

Parenting adopted children of different ages

Adoption and school issues

Transitioning from foster to adoptive parenting

Parenting a child who has been sexually abused

Postadoption services

Selecting and working with an adoption therapist

Continue to Adoption: Where Do I Start?: Additional Resources


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