When adopting a toddler or child, there are additional factors that play a role in that decision. The trauma a child faces as an orphan or foster child in need of adoption placement can have a lasting effect on that child. Whether it be emotional challenges, malnourishment, lack of education, or failure to thrive, a child coming to your family may need additional care and consideration. This article helps families considering toddler adoption by providing an inside look.
Naively self-confident, my husband and I adopted a young child who had experienced severe neglect and many disruptions in his first year-and-a-half of life. After all, we reasoned, we both had extensive experience working with people who have a wide variety of special needs. I had worked in the field of child development and education for years, and we were already experienced parents. Our self-confidence evaporated within hours of Gustavo’s arrival. Six years later, we are still learning, but what we have learned from our own experience and from other toddler adoptive parents could fill a book. In fact, it has.