Issues inherent in adoption typically begin to surface when the child realizes they are becoming independent from their parents. Questions many parents assumed had been addressed when their child was younger often resurface. Most adoptive parents aren’t aware of this or prepared for it.
Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond is a class that helps the adoptive parent navigate these parental challenges, which are compounded by the complexities of adoption. Parenting is not adoptive parenting. Parenting adopted children is adoptive parenting—more is required of the adoptive parent in parenting the adopted child.
Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond is for parents who have children between the ages 6 and 18. During these years, kids begin to understand what they have gained and lost by being adopted. Parents find themselves challenges with a lot of questions as in “Why did my birth mother give me up?”, “What did I do to be given up?” and “Why did you adopt me?”
The next Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond begins October 6th. Class is limited to 6 participants. Parents can find out more and register here or through MLJ’s Client Care Database. **The class satisfies 2 hours of elective credit for MLJ clients.**
Judy Miller is an adoptive parent and adoption educator and coach living in the Midwest with her husband and four children. She works with MLJ clients as a long distance education coordinator.