Feb 16, 2023
In this episode, we’re continuing the conversation about interracial adoption with Jena and her daughter. There really are so many little things happening that we don’t think about when blended families come together. Finding and building community with others who have a similar ancestral background as the adopted child is very beneficial though. Most importantly, we need to make sure the child’s needs are being met. That may mean seeking out additional support, asking for help, and being an active listener to really understand your child.
Adoption is an incredible thing, but it’s very parent-centered, and not very child-centered. Adopted children may feel gratefulness and happiness one day, and sorrow the next day. No matter the age they are when they come into their adopted family, children will feel loss, and like they are grieving, which is totally okay. As adoptive parents, it’s vital to allow your kids to have their feelings, and share their story in the way they want to. Finding a therapist who specializes in trauma and loss, and can also help them get to a place of contentment (however that looks for the child) will go a long way.
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