Understanding Challenges

Many children waiting for families never received the early care that kids need to develop a strong sense of security, trust, and self-esteem.  All children in care have experienced some form of abuse and/or neglect, and many suffer from conditions caused by past trauma, or prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs.  Choosing to adopt or foster a child with additional challenges or disabilities can be an extremely rewarding experience if prospective parents educate themselves, and honestly evaluate their desire and ability to successfully parent children with troubling pasts and uncertain futures.  Here are resources to help you understand and overcome the challenges of adopting children from foster care, and conduct your own self-assessment to discover if you are among those able and willing to proceed with this type of adoption.

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