Anonymous: What do you think of older child adoption?
I think it can be an amazing experience. Older children might be perceived has having more “issues” but I have also seen some wonderful families built through older child adoption. I also know people who wouldn’t have it any other way!!! They don’t want the “baby experience”—they LOVE the 8-16 year old experience.
All adoption takes a lot of work. All forever families have their work cut out for them—but LOVE truly does motivate you to press through those things that might be scary; those things that are the unknown, to be the family that you have always desired to have!
I have seen families bring home babies and now, several years later, they are dealing with everything from PTSD to major abandonment/attachment issues. I have also seen families come home with pre-teen and teen kids—and the transition is seamless!
I know that I brought my son home when he was 2 and I would certainly do it again. I would also very much so consider adopting a child older!