Laughter, Bonding and Adopting Older Children

An inspiring and informative article from Fostering Families Today

“When you place teens and pre-teens for adoption, as my agency does, the young people we place simply assume at placement that it is a matter of time before they will be rejected yet again and ultimately kicked out of this new household. The newly placed youth usually proceeds cautiously to protect him or herself from the expected rejection he or she believes will occur soon by staying somewhat detached from the new family and by resisting getting close to the new family.”

How can adoptive parents of teens and pre-teens prove they are worth bonding to?  Click here to read Pat O’Brien’s article about the value of shared laughter, with specific tips to help cement relationships in your home.

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