There are an ever-increasing number of resources out there for families who have adopted or are in the process of adopting. The Empowered to Connect Conference is a good starting point in this area. The teaching at this conference offers a wide range of resources that have helped thousands of children and families across the country.
- Go to www.showhope.org/connect to learn more about how you can be a part of the Empowered to Connect Conference.
- Go to https://showhope.org/recommended-resources/ for a helpful list of books, articles, and DVD materials.
Not every child will face the same level of challenges, but having the knowledge and tools in place to anticipate your child’s potential needs will be key in helping your child find healing and attachment.
As you walk along this adoption journey, make sure to engage those you trust in both the joys and challenges you encounter. The support and understanding of friends and family are important factors as you walk this journey with your child.
Many churches offer groups specifically centered on families built through adoption. These can be great resources for connecting with others who may have insight and guidance as well as offering your child a place to connect to other children who might have similar histories.
Seek advice from counselors and therapists who are trained in attachment strategies to help you in this journey.
Even after your child comes home, go back to the resources that initially helped you prepare. Dive deeper into these resources as you seek answers to new questions that may have arisen since your child’s arrival home. Re-visit the recommended resources. Look for adoption groups that may meet in your area or conferences that may offer valuable resources and insight. Re-read “The Connected Child” by Dr. Karyn Purvis.
You’ve never reached the end of your ability to learn and grow in this area.