No matter how you began your journey of adoption, one thing is an absolute fact – it hasn’t been easy! You have likely experienced a vast array of emotions, some wonderful, others painful. It is an emotional rollercoaster for most. Feelings of loss, grief, anger, worry, and guilt may be regular companions of yours. Some adoptive parents feel as if they cannot bond as they thought they would or feel unprepared for the challenges their adopted children bring to the family. Many adoptive parents experience depression, anxiety, and difficulty adjusting. And, sometimes, these issues take years to surface leaving everyone in the family feeling confused, scared, and hopeless.
We understand how unique your family is and we are standing by to help. We are well skilled in matters of attachment, bonding, and family systems. We are here to support you, your children, and your family so you can connect on a deeper level and get back to enjoying your lives. Reaching out can be difficult, but we are here to help you every step of the way!
- Take time for self-care. This will help you stay centered and reduce stress.
- Review developmental stages any time you are feeling concerned, frustrated, or confused by your child’s behavior.
- Plan weekly family time where you have fun together. The world of play is very important to children of all ages and will help you connect with them.
- Understand that when children are at their worst they need the most patience, love, and positive attention.