International Adoption Info

Newsletter #79 for Internationally Adopting Parents
January 4, 2008
PAL Center Inc.



Course JSBG2
Adopting older children internationally:
making a decision
and coping with post-adoption difficulties


2nd Annual Commonwealth Adoption Conference

Facing a New Frontier:
Developmental Issues
in International Adoptees

January 12, 2008
Phoenix, AZ

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Abbey Grace Yap
Living in the shadow of fear
Phobias are irrational fears of certain objects, places, or situations. These fears are treatable by means of medications, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and desensitization. Seeking professional assistance may help prevent this phobia for worsening.

Abbey Grace Yap
When letting go becomes difficult
This article is about separation anxiety and how it is different from separation anxiety disorder. The former is a normal phase that children go through while growing up. The latter is a more developed form of separation anxiety, it extends up to a person's adult years and may be difficult to deal with without proper help. It is necessary to be informed of the difference of the two conditions to be able to keep track and determine if the normal growth phase has already turned into a psychological nightmare.

Kristine Gonzaga
Tips on overcoming separation anxiety
Being away from you and staying in an unfamiliar place makes your child prone to separation anxiety. This can cause him stress and make him more clingy when you have to leave. This article explores ways on how you can help ease the anxiety felt by your child with simple and practical tips.

Rcon Franchesca
Overcoming separation anxiety disorder
The article is about Separation Anxiety Disorder or SAD. It talks about the symptoms for the said disorder and its difference from the separation anxiety per se. The article also cites and explains the early signs of SAD among children. Treatments for the said disorder are also noted within the article.

From the Internet and our database

How to Prepare To Meet Your Adopted Child

Laurie C. Miller, M.D
How to prepare to meet your adopted child
Dr. Miller highlights some important questions to ask upon first meeting with your child.

Human resources and social development Canada
Post-adoption challenges
While intercountry adopted children may recuperate very well from their initial medical issues, some may continue to have problems after the children have arrived in their new homes. In the Quebec study of internationally adopted children, parents reported that 12.1% of the children had a disease or a disability which had not been apparent on arrival.

Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Activities to promote healthy development
The most important task in the first weeks and months of adoption is to strengthen attachment with your internationally adopted child. Playing and taking care of the child’s basic needs (feeding, bathing, etc.) will constitute your major occupation at this time. Without being intrusive, try to have as much physical contact with the child as possible using shared activities

Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Dealing with cultural differences of an internationally adopted childThe initial adjustment period is incredibly demanding and difficult for all members of any adoptive family, not just the child who will most likely be acting like a much younger one, will be visibly stressed out and over-aroused with everything new that is happening in his/her life. It is a cultural shock in many cases, and even families who are eager to embrace the child’s native culture and would try to learn the language, eat the food and fill the house with the ethnic knickknacks very quickly realize that it is not enough: culture goes so much deeper than that.


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