I want to deeply thank everyone who contributed their answers to Dianne’s question, which was (in part):
My question is: how have other families prepared to meet the needs of an older child coming into the family, and what have they done to be ready to also protect the best interests of younger children in the household? If they felt there was the potential that they could be creating a less safe situation for their younger child, are there specific ways that they prepared for this?
I am going to try a new format for the answers to Tuesday Topics in order to avoid the post getting so long that you all stop reading before you get to the bottom. I am posting excerpts from each of the comments. The full comment can be found in the Comments Section of the original Tuesday Topic, and the follow-up post. I am also considering posting a question one Tuesday followed by the answers the next Tuesday. This will allow more time for people to respond. Please give me feedback about both of these changes to help me make my blog as helpful as possible.
Don’t forget to check out the full comments in the Comments Section. I will post my answer to this question later this week. Thank you Dianne for presenting such a thought provoking Tuesday Topic. If you have a question you would like to ask
, please email it to me at: Thankfulmom[at]gmail[dot]com
I would like to end this post with something Julie, Mamita J, wrote:
Having said all that, if God is calling you to adopt an older child, and you have prayed about it and you are sure…run, don’t walk to the agency that you have thoroughly researched, and sign up. You will not find a more incredible picture of God’s redemptive plan. Hang on to your hat. It’s a wild ride, full of hope and despair, sacrifice and reward, grief and recovery. I wish all the best to you. God is bigger than your child’s pain.
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