• Remain Calm, count to ten, and most
importantly, and don’t lose your temper.
• Learn the child’s native language.
(This was invaluable.)
• Remember your child is scared. Try to find ways to
reassure and comfort him.
• Don’t self diagnose or assume your child has a
medical condition, developmental or behavioral disorder based on a short period
of time together. If a condition continues or worsens, seek help as needed.
If your child has developmental delays, get him involved early intervention
services ASAP. Services include child development center programs, early
intervention, English as a second language (ESL), speech, physical and
occupational therapy, etc.
• Find a post adoption support organization.
Use simple attachment play.
• Pick your child up when he cries. If he has a
minor injury, comfort first: ask questions later.
• Establish a routine.
Feed them as often as they are hungry.
• Try to identify and remove causes of
Don’t forget to…
• Apply for a new birth
certificate and social security card for your child
• Add your child to your
health and life insurance
• Be your child’s best advocate. Take advantage of
available financial & medical subsidies, tax credits, reimbursements, &
other post adoption services.
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