December 31, 2015
The 8 New Year’s Resolutions for the Adoptive Family
The New Year traditionally provides everyone an opportunity to reflect over the past year and to create a few resolutions for the coming year. Here are some resolutions for the adoptive family.
- Spread awareness. There are more than 3,000 children in foster care in the greater Sacramento region. Spread the word about the need for permanent families for these kids. Families who provide permanency have an opportunity to change the world, one child at a time.
- Share your story. If you have adopted from foster care let people know about your experience. You may be the inspiration they need to take the first step.
- Become an Ambassador. Join Sierra’s Family Ambassador Program to spread the word within your community about the need for families for children in foster care, and be a support for new families considering adoption.
- Create a Lifebook. Recently we posted a blog about the benefits of creating a Lifebook with your child. If you haven’t done one already, the New Year is a great time to start.
- Practice patience. Most children can be a trial for their parents, challenging them at some point during their growth. Remember that children adopted from foster care are no different.
- Continue parent education. Parenting classes are a great resource for learning different ways to support your children as they move through their stages of life. Sierra offers great support groups and classes.
- Explore new family traditions. Shared exploration of your child’s heritage is a great way to build strong family bonds and create new traditions.
- Extended family is important. Family members are important as a support to you as well as to your child. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and close family friends all can contribute to that sense of security that your child needs.