Children who have been in foster care are more likely to have a disability or behavioral challenges than children in the general population. These disabilities can make being an adoptive parent more difficult, and we encourage adoptive parents to learn as much as possible about the issues affecting their children.
Read the articles and view the online trainings to learn more about some of the disabilities and challenges more common in adoption.
You can also learn more by visiting other websites specifically related to some of these more common disabilities.
Read NACAC Articles About Disabilities and Challenges:
- Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency
- Helping Children Manage Behaviors: Increasing Affect Regulation
- Silent Suffering: Responding to Self-Harm
- The Teen Years: Brain Development and Trauma Recovery
- Helping Kids Survive and Thrive in Winter
- Parenting Children or Youth Who Are Sexually Reactive
- Child Welfare’s Next Challenge: Parenting Meth’s Young Victims
- Helping Your Child Move from Anti-Social to Pro-Social Behaviors
- FASD: Advocacy Advice from the Experts
- Beyond Sexual Abuse: Families Can Promote Healing
View NACAC Webinars About Disabilities and Challenges:
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens Webinar
- Parenting Children Who Have Been Prenatally Exposed Webinar
- Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior of Your Adopted Children Webinar
- Behavioral Interventionist Model: Keeping Children with Extreme Challenges Home for Treatment Webinar
- Parenting Tough Behaviors Webinar