For many people, the holiday season represents a time of family togetherness, and the media is full of images of happy families enjoying their festivities. However, for children who were adopted (particularly those who were adopted at older ages), children in care, and children who experienced abuse or trauma; this may be a particularly difficult time of year. Just as studies show that holidays are stressful times for most of us, conflicting loyalties and lost dreams make the holidays a difficult time for children facing these special challenges. Here are some suggestions for managing and surviving the holidays.
- The Holidays: An Opportunity for Healing
- Overwhelmed for the Holidays: An Adoption Learning Partner’s online webinar
- Celebrating Holidays with Children You Foster
- Honoring and Celebrating Family Connections
- A Cornucopia of Holiday tips, articles and Links from One place for Special Needs
- Special Special Needs and Special Occasions from About.com