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10 Things You Need to Know About Adoption

Post-adoption Support

After the long journey of the adoption process, you finally get to take your child home. But the transition home can take time, and you may even find yourself feeling overwhelmed at first.

So, as you make that transition, consider the following. First, if you have other children, they may have some initial conflicts or feelings of jealousy. Second, it also will take time for your new child to adjust to your family. Third, your new child may be experiencing emotional issues related to being adopted or even from negative experiences prior to joining your family.

Keeping these things in mind, it's important to tread lightly, perhaps taking some time off from work and slowly easing into your new family life. Put an emphasis on enjoying the slow process and celebrating the successes. Also, if you worked with an agency -- or even if you didn't work with an agency, you can seek one out -- there are post-adoption services, such as counseling, classes and other education, available to you.