Adopting a toddler

Adopting a child of any age can be an extremely rewarding experience. If you are adopting a toddler it will be very important to communicate the the child's current caregiver. The current caregiver will be able to fill out in the the child;s daily schedule, usual diet, sleeping pattern, development and about any issues or problems. It is important to make the transition as easy as possible on the toddler and try to keep their daily life as similar as possible. Once the child has gotten use to your and your home you can slowly change the way things are done.

Some agencies will even allow you to have visits or even sleep overs with the child ahead of time to help make the transition easier for you and the child. Talk to the agency about any available support groups or the contact info for someone who can give you advice if you experience any issues.

Above all know what you are doing a great thing by giving this child a home. It may be a bumpy road as you and your new child get aquainted but in the end it will all be worth it.

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4Katie
Moms Expertise
    04/01/14
    Beth
    We would so love to adopt a child! Have you ever adopted or looked into it, Katie?
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    04/01/14
    4Katie
    I have always wanted to adopt and almost did before I got pregnant with Lucy. When Lucy was a baby I almost adopted an 18month old but because of issues with Lucy I didn't feel like I could handle it at that time. I hope to foster to adopt an older child in the future. I do not want a newborn.
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