This is the second and last part of a post focusing on how adoptive parents can help a child from another country adjust to their new surroundings. In working as an immigration lawyer, I’m often called upon to guide families through the process of intercountry adoption. Families who come from institutional settings may face special challenges in adjusting to family life in the U.S.
The first five strategies that I discussed focused on home and family life. These next five are concerned with adjustments to the outside world.
Finding a Friend
Connecting with a child who is going through or has gone through a similar experience can be very helpful. Your new family member will have someone in their life with whom they can readily identify and who will understand what they are going through. Try to help them connect with that person. Continue reading “Part Two: Intercountry Adoption—Helping a Child from an Institutional Setting Adjust” »