Parenting in Difficult Situations

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Children with special challenges, those exhibiting unusual behaviors, and those adopted at older ages may require special parenting skills. Find resources, information, and first-hand accounts from parents and child-care specialists.

Divorce After Adoption: Practical Tips for Parents

Adopted children have, by definition, suffered previous loss. There should be special attention paid to meeting their emotional needs during divorce. When you are going through this complex process, you have to continue parenting. You need practical step-by-step suggestions and reminders.... [more]

False Abuse Allegations

Child abuse is a national tragedy and greatly under-reported; however, many don't realize that 1/3 to 1/2 of all alerts are mistaken or unfounded. Learn why false allegations may occur, what parents can do, and where to find help.... [more]

It's a RAD RAD World

Families living with the challenges of Reactive Attachment Disorder were the focus of an evening of chat. Listen in and benefit from the experience of these committed parents.... [more]

Positive Steps for Families in Crisis

Facing impending crisis can leave families feeling helpless, often seeing only the negatives. There are forward-looking steps you can take to minimize or prevent crisis, or handle it when it does happen.... [more]

Respite Care

Respite care is temporary care for challenging children, to give parents some relief. Find program descriptions and help locating providers in your area.... [more]

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Parents and Group Homes provide a crucial service to children dealing with extreme challenges, and children served do not have to come from the foster care system.... [more]

When an Adoption Fails

Resources for support and insight when an adoption falls through. Disruption, dissolution, and changes of adoption plans are addressed.

Ambivalence in Parent-Child Relationships
Adoption Counselor Dee Paddock looks at the swing between a toddler's pressing close and pulling away, and offers suggestions and advice.

Dealing with Tantrums
Adoptive mother and health specialist Teri Doolittle describes the Extinction Technique for dealing with tantrums.

Parenting a Poorly Attached Child
Dan Hughes writes for parents faced with bonding challenges offering insight, suggestions, and stressing acceptance, empathy, love, curiosity, and playfulness.

Parenting The Sexually Abused Child
Advice, guidance and resources for adoptive and prospective parents from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.

Parenting Traumatized Adopted Children
A look at what constitutes trauma, and some loving parenting techniques to help, by Dee M. Paddock, M.A., NCC.

Post-Adoptive Resource Project
Support for families who have adopted children with emotional and/or behavioral disabilities.

Ranch for Kids
A Christian home for Russian children of adoptive parents who are in need of respite care, or who are considering dissolution (disruption), the ranch provides services including referrals to licensed agencies for new adoptive placements.

Responsive Discipline
An excellent online course from Kansas State University.

When Adopted Toddlers Reject Their Parents
Educator Mary Hopkins-Best looks at why and how rejection happens, and offers strategies to deal with it.
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