Adopting Older Children
A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four
by Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, MA, Gloria Russo Wassell, LMHC, and Victor Groza, PhD
Are you thinking of adopting an older child? There are over 100,000 hoping for families in the United States and more worldwide. Adopting an older child, though, presents a unique set of parenting issues as well as rewards.
Adopting Older Children highlights the most significant challenges when parenting older adoptees who face mental health, behavioral and educational issues. Included is critical information about developmental concerns, issues related to emerging sense of self, sexual orientation and cultural identity and other special needs that an adoptee may have. This will help prospective parents be aware of concerns that can arise for their adopted children and help current parents deal with the difficulties their children may be facing.
Authors Bosco-Ruggiero, Russo Wassell and child welfare expert Groza deliver a comprehensive guide to navigating the domestic and international adoption processes, coping with transition and family dynamics and educating others about adoption. Adopting Older Children not only focuses on preparing the family unit but offers ways to better understand the personality, background and problems of your adopted child. It provides methodology to comprehend and cope with the traumatized child, grief and loss, attachment issues, development and learning, mental health concerns, physical health (fetal alcohol syndrome, abuse, etc.) as well as providing critical resource information for prospective parents (including single, LBGT or older adoptive parents).
Practical and extensive, Adopting Older Children furnishes key parenting strategies and insights in a clear, sensitive style, becoming the definitive resource for adoptive parents and professionals.
"...sets itself apart as one of the relatively few books aimed at a growing segment
among adopters: those specifically interested in taking on school-age children into their
homes...An appendix of online resources - websites, video interviews, documentaries, etc.
- rounds out this helpful...addition to the literature on adoption."
— Publishers Weekly
"...should be considered a 'must read' for any individual or couple considering
adopting an older child."
— Midwest Book Review
"Packed with powerful and essential information regarding this life-changing
— M. G. Paregian
Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, MA, is a Communications and Research Assistant for the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She resides in Wappingers Falls, NY.
Gloria Russo Wassell, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in child and adolescent development and parenting education and a doctoral candidate in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University. She resides in Dover Plains, NY.
Victor Groza, PhD, LISW-S, is a professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, with an area of expertise in child welfare and institutional care of children, focusing on family, children and service system issues in domestic, older-child adoption and intercountry adoption. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles relating to child welfare and global adoption. Since 1991 he has been involved in various child welfare projects in Romania, India, Ukraine, Guatemala and Ethiopia. He resides in Cleveland, OH.
Nonfiction, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages
Family and Childcare/Adoption and Fostering
LC# 2014938451, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-482-6 (pb), $15.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-483-3 (eBook), $15.95