Bringing a new member into the family, whether through foster care or adoption, can be an adjustment for your children. Your child is most likely used to having his or her parents all to themselves. To help your child adapt to having a new family member, you can discuss their concerns and involve them in the foster/adoption process. Here are some tips to begin preparing your child for the transition.
The Foster and Adoptive Family Services Blog suggests having your family make a welcome book for the new child to help ease their transition into your family. This can be a family activity as you find photos of each family member, pets, and relatives to include in the book. Include ongoing family events or activities and list hobbies and traditions your family observes.2
Throughout the process of bringing a new member into your family, remind your child that this is new for everyone and to allow each family member time to adjust. Encourage your child to be open to the change and remind them that fostering or adopting makes a huge impact in another child’s life. If you have questions or concerns about the relationship between your child and your foster or adoptive child, be sure to reach out to your caseworker.