Siblings

February 26, 2016 lifeline
The fostering and/or adoption process can be challenging for siblings already in the home as well as for the child new to the home.  All relationships are going through transitions. Here are some things to remember: Expect there to be jealousy between sibling relationships with the amount of attention the new child is receiving and
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Transitions

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Due to a child’s life being very chaotic or overly structured before adoption, he/she may have a difficult time managing transitions or change. The smallest change in their environment may be overwhelming. Making the child’s life more predictable and alerting the child of upcoming events/ changes/transitions will help him/her feel more comfortable. If language is
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Challenging Behaviors

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Remember where your child is coming from and to expect many challenging behaviors. Remember your child’s chronological age versus the developmental age. Discipline: Use positive scripting to verbalize what you want to see out of your child’s behaviors rather than using negative language regarding what you do not want to see. Limit using the word
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Food/Eating Issues

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Children may come to our homes with many challenges surrounding food. Children may have spent time wondering when they would get to eat their next meal or may have fought other children for food. These are some helpful reminders that might help: Have consistent meal times. Make meal times calm experiences, not hasty. Remember that
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Recommended Medical Tests Once A Child Comes Home

February 25, 2016 Rick Singleton
The following medical tests are recommended for your child upon arrival in the U.S. after an international adoption.  The completion of these tests is not required by Lifeline, but for some countries a physical exam may be required.  You may wish to check with your health insurance provider before completing the tests, as some insurance
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Sleep Issues

February 25, 2016 Rick Singleton
Sleep disturbances are one of the most common challenges for families adopting internationally. It is important to remember your child’s traumatic history and how this can inhibit your child’s sleeping abilities. Night time can be scary. These are some reminders that might help: Remember to NOT let your child “cry it out” at night Have
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Suggested Reading Resources

February 26, 2016 lifeline
Our staff would like to share with you the following books and resources. We have reviewed each of these and believe they would be helpful. However, not all of these are written from a Christian perspective so some opinions of the authors may not reflect the position of Lifeline Children’s Services. Parenting: Adoption Parenting by
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Recommended Children's Books

February 26, 2016 lifeline
  A Blessing from Above by Patti Henderson and Elizabeth Edge A Koala for Katie by Jonathan London and Cynthia Jabar A Mother for Chaco by Keiko Kasza A Sister for Matthew by Pamela Kennedy Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant I Don’t
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