One of the realities we face as adoptive parents is the fact that as a result of the situations our adopted children came from (often situations that created the need for adoption in the first place), there are often developmental challenges that they, and we along with them, must work through.
Today on ADOPTION NOW, Andra shares her and her husband Chung’s story of adopting their daughter Corina, a 2.5 year old from the foster care system with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
While adoption is never straightforward or easy, developmental disorders and trauma add a whole new level of complexity into the lives of adoptive families. Andra shares the struggles that she and her family experienced and how they were able to work through them with Corina to give her the life she deserves and help her bond with the family.
Being Canadian, she also shares some insight into the Canadian adoption system, as well as how the family worked through the struggles her biological sons had accepting Corina into the family at first, and Corina’s lack of attachment to Chung.
In this episode:
– Some of the challenges unique to children with FASD
– How Andra and Chung helped their biological sons adjust and work through the addition to their family
– Why you need to open up and allow yourself to ask for outside help, and why that does not make you a bad or unfit parent
– How Chung was able to bond with Corina after 6 months of her not attaching to him
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