International Adoption Info

Newsletter #55 for Internationally Adopting Parents
April 5, 2007
PAL Center Inc.

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Q. I am an intermediate speaker of Russian and my husband and I are looking at adopting a 5-8 year old child whom I will home school. What would be your general recommendation for how to deal with language in this situation?

A. You are the only one speaking Russian and your husband is not. Under these circumstances, your knowledge of conversational Russian will be very helpful initially, but there is practically no chance to keep your child bilingual in this situation. More over, if the child has any developmental delays, learning disabilities or speech/language disorders, the chances are pretty high that learning the new language and attempting to maintain the native one concurrently will impede the remediation in general, as her major task at this moment will be to learn English to be able to function adequately.

You should concentrate on providing the child with good patterns of conversational English, which will be very easy; and on reinforcing/acquiring a solid base in cognitive English, which may be significantly more difficult due to the expected for the internationally adopted children breaks and misses in their knowledgebase, learning skills, self-regulation, etc. In her schooling do not assume that the child has the age-expected skills/general knowledge; rather go back to the point where you can see some necessary measurable skills to build upon no matter how far back you have to return.

There is a lot of information on language issues of internationally adopted children and how to address them in the International Adoption Articles Directory. You can also utilize the course SmartStart Program: Helping an Internationally Adopted Child Develop a Foundation for Learning. Toolbox III, Ages 3 to 8, developed specifically for the families with adopted children of your perspective daughter's age.
Dr. Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
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International Adoption Articles Directory

Sara-Jane Hardman and Jean Mauro, LCSW
Bring home baby: adopting a child in the first year of life
The time that you invest in the early stages of your adopted child's development will be invaluable in helping her catch up from the interruptions of her first weeks or months. Here are some suggestions for how you can help settle her and prepare her for the rest of her life.

Marina Neiman
Play and learn with educational jigsaw puzzles!
Jigsaw puzzles have been entertaining children and adults for centuries. Wooden puzzles were originally created by painting a picture onto a flat piece of wood, then using a jigsaw to cut out the pieces. A man named John Spilsbury is credited with making the first commercial jigsaw puzzle around 1760.

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Bringing your baby home from the orphanage

Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.
Bringing your baby home from the orphanage: advice for parents
Generally, infants adopted before the age of six months fare no differently than infants raised from birth. However, after six months, the effects of institutional care begin to emerge. It is important to realize that even the best orphanages are not good places to raise a child.

Dr. Wendy Hanevold
Stages of the adoption journey
Adoption is a life long journey with stages that emerge across the individual and family lifespan. As time progresses, adoptive parents have to accept the reality that adoption is based on a complex developmental trauma. Adoption does not heal infertility.--that grief has to be dealt with on a separate plane. The adopted child is always aware of the slender but strong thread of commitment that created this family. The family built by adoption is a real family but not the equivalent of a biological family.

Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP
Early toilet training. part 1, toilet training the grandmother style
In order to understand what to do with the newly adopted child, who was partially trained or abused during the toilet training process, we first have to determine what exactly is early toilet training and what is the difference in perception of toilet training in Russia and in the United States.


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