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- Be responsive when parents ask you for help when their adoptive child
is "acting out". Asking for help does not mean they are bad
parents or want you to remove the child from the home.
- Increase the amount of time adoptive parents and children have to
get to know each other.
- Make sure the family's biological children are involved in the decision
- Consider using the Child Behavior Checklist or DOTS-R to help adoptive
caregivers prepare for the child coming into their life.
- When possible, help forge a link between new adoptive parents and
previous foster parents who were able to interact successfully with
- Recognize that parents' ability to deal appropriately with an emotionally
nonresponsive child is a strong indicator of an adoption's success.
- Discuss the possibility of establishing support groups for adoptive
parents and adoptive children with people in your agency.
- As much as possible, base a match on a family's attitudes and parenting
styles. A middle-class, professional life-style does not predict an
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