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This page will help provide you with some information on parenting your adopted child.

Infant Nutrition

Many professional groups advocate breastfeeding for newborns.  However, except in rare cases it is not possible for an adopting mother to breast feed the baby.  You ned not be concerned about not breastfeeding since your baby's needs will be met whether your baby is given breast milk or formula.  The link Infant Nutrition will help you with formula feeding and other infant nutrition issues.

Child Development Issues

Other sections of this website will help you with child development issues and explaining adoption as well as with school-adoption problems and the need for adoption therapy

Adoption and Adolescence

The emotional impact of adoption is typically at its height in adolescence.  Common issues that an adopted adolescent face include identity and control issues, fear of abandonment, feelings of not belonging and about connecting with biological parents and their families.  The article Adoption and Adolescence may be very helpful.  This article focuses on:

1. Parenting the adopted adolescent
2. How children develop
3. Typical adolescent behavior
4. Adoption and adolescence
5. When teens were adopted at an older age
6. When parents should become concerned and what they can do

Additional Information

If you need or want some specific personal advice, contact your agency social worker, your pediatrician, clergy, or your local mental health center, or your local family service agency for recommendations of appropriate professionals.

Help for Adopting Families by State

 Alabama  Montana
 Alaska  Nebraska
 Arizona  Nevada
 Arkansas  New Hampshire
 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
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