Because the tide of international adoption has changed, and programs across the world have tightened their restrictions or closed all together, an increasing number of families are opting to pursue older child adoptions or special needs adoptions. While those families attend required training sessions during their pre-adoption work, they are finding a gap in resources that they need to effectively care for their new children, reported USA Today on Oct. 30.
Building a family through adoption can be a difficult journey, and parenting a child with special needs may challenge families in ways they had not anticipated. While adoption agencies work to help prospective adoptive parents understand the current health, emotional and psychological statues of the children they are hoping to bring home, many special needs are not fully understood until the child is at home in the U.S. and has been evaluated by a physician.
This trend in international adoption is not likely to change; it is reasonable to assume that the numbers of special needs adoptions and older child adoptions will continue to rise. As such, adoption advocates are urging agencies to develop additional programs to help adoptive families care for these children.