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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Adopting Older Children


Babies are a hot commodity and so scarce here in the U.S. that some prospective adoptive parents will spend thousands of dollars to adopt a baby from overseas — while older children are ignored and left behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, Gloria Russo Wassell, and Victor Groza have written a new book: “Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four” that is designed to help couples that would like to adopt but have questions about how adoption works with older children.

In an interview with, Bosco-Ruggiero said “people hesitate when considering adopting an older child because they concern that the child will have severe behavioral or emotional problems stemming from backgrounds of abuse and neglect.” While those factors complicate an adoption, these problems can be successfully overcome.

Read more here.


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My wife and I have actually been discussing adoption for the past few months. She is having troubles getting pregnant, and we would really like to help someone who is less fortunate than us by letting them into our home. After reading your article I would really like to look into adopting a child over the age of four, since it seems like that is what happens least of all. Do you know if there are any programs set up to help kids and parents transition into an adoption like this? Should I just talk to my family lawyer about it?

Posted by: Lewis Remington | Feb 13, 2015 12:16:51 PM

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