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Older Child
Hannah and Her Mama's First Year Together: Older Child Adoption
Hanna and her Mama: Adopting an older child, is very challenging. Are you truly prepared? Buy this booklet and learn what-might-be. An emotion-packed 60-page booklet, Hannah and Her Mama's First Year Together, is the honest account of Hannah (adopted at age 6) and her mama's first 12 months. It was a challenging year, and very typical of older child adoption. Taken from journal entries and e-mail messages, it shares the challenges, the hardship, the love, and the fun that are part of parenting an older child. Even if you think you're prepared, you should read this, and learn. Author is donating a portion of proceeds to Little Miracles International's Orphanage Projects! Your order is appreciated.

Older Child Adoption
Adopting a child over the age of two can present unique challenges and opportunities, even fo the experienced parents. This book presents both the author's personal experiences after having adopted three older children and the resultrs of her research of over thirty families who adopted older children. This book provides access to the hearts and homes of adoptive families who are raising children who, through no fault of their own, cannot remain with their first family.

Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families With Special-Needs Kids : A Guide for Parents and Professionals
This book should be a Bible for families adopting hurt and older children. Keck takes the adoption process step by step and uses case studies to back up each piece of information. We see that there are reasons behind each phase the child goes through, the honeymoon period, the fall out that follows, the need to drive away their parents before the parents drive them away. Through the children's actual words, we feel their pain. Methods are suggested for dealing with attachment problems, sleep disorders, axieties, etc. Though this book focuses mainly on domestic special needs adoptions, foreign adoptions are warranted their own chapter and, besides, many of the issues are the same.

Toddler Adoption: The Weaver's Craft
This is a book about the journey of building family through adoption of a child between the ages of one and three. The journey begins long before the child arrives, and continues indefinitely. This book explores the decision to adopt, the preparation for adopting and the adjustment to adoption of a toddler.... The author discusses both the exquisite joys of toddler adoption and challenges that the majority of families will probably encounter. This is a "can do" book that is intended to encourage toddler adoption for parents who are stable, mature and ready for the challenge and journey of their life!

Adopting the Older Child
This book describes the transition from the honeymoon period through the testing phase and on the the full integration into a family. It gives practical, caring advice on how to handle each situation. If you have already adopted an older child or are considering doing so this book is indespensable.

Forever Parents : Adopting Older Children
The good news in this book is that older children can be "successfully" adopted, growing and healing and becoming a source of joy and pride to their adoptive parents. This is a personal family story of what it is like to adopt an older child, a child who can remember birth parents, early life experiences and former homes. This book could be hard to obtain but worth ordering.

Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child
This is a practical guide to adoption of older children. Full of wisdom and good advice and insight. It is an essential resource for prospective parents considering the adoption of an older child. Great for parents adopting domestically or internationally. It covers a wide range of topics related to older child adoption: transition, behavior, culture, special needs, language, medical and more!