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Post-Adoption Support

Several weeks ago, quite a few readers participated in our poll, “Are There Different Rules When a Child is Adopted?” Here’s a recap on your thoughts on the actions of Artyem Saviliev’s mother: 47 of you voted, and 44 of you (94%) thought what she did was illegal. 3 of you (6%) felt she used poor judgement due to being overwhelmed by his post-adoption needs.

Like Artyem, many children who have lived part of their lives in an institution may be delayed upon adoption and/or have mild to severe post-institutional issues which affect their daily life.   We at LWB are frequently asked for resources by parents wanting to give their kids the best help possible to lead full and productive lives.  With over 100,000 international adoptees living in the US alone now, one would think that support would be easily available.  But is it?

Please join the conversation and let us know your experiences!

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  • I didn’t participate in the poll regarding the Russian adoption disruption, but I’ll throw my voice in and say that what that little boy’s adoptive mother did was horrible. She violated his American rights and his basic human rights. If she and/or her mom could find the wherewithal to find hire an escort and arrange travel plans, they could have found help. In this day and age, if you need it, if you look for it, there is some help available. Or there is someone willing to help you find the help.

    If nothing else, there are hospitals and police departments that could point one in the correct direction for aid.

    We are blessed to live near the best Children’s Hospital in the nation (not by my standards, but by US News and World Reports judging for more than 6 years now!) and have resources galore just from that location. But more important than that, we purposely chose to get to know and interact with our agency’s employees during our wait for our girl. With that relationship in place, I know that I can go to them with anything and not fear judgment or criticism. Further, they work with families that are willing to admit that they are struggling and partner them with other families that have BTDT, to give them support and empathy and to exchange ideas. I’ve been on both ends of the relationship – helping and being helped. It’s one of the things that makes our agency special and will be what brings us back to their door when we’re ready to adopt again!

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