Re-Adoptions or Re-placement of Adopted Children

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Sadly, I have seen a number of international re-adoptions, where adoptive parents have found that the child they adopted internationally was not what they had in mind. For one reason or another, they have placed the child into another adoptive home. This is sad for everyone involved. The child is now facing another uprooting and detachment. The adoptive parents feel they have failed. The birth family, if involved, feels betrayed.

The most important person affected, is the child, and what they will go through again.

A few years ago, I assisted in the adoption of a bright and happy 2 year old who had been living with his grandmother. The adoptive parents that were chosen started the process of adoption and then, 4 months into the adoption, found out they were pregnant and wanted to “return” him. Of course I was sad and concerned at their lack of dedication to parenting, but my attention was to the toddler that needed a new family ASAP. The grandmother was rightfully shocked and mistrusting of the process. It made it hard for the next adoptive family and the child to re-bond. I ask you to be sure you, your spouse, and your family members are ready to parent with dedication no matter what happens in the future. Is your personality one of dedication and loyalty to the end? Be honest for the sake of the child.

So, with this said, I remind you to be aware of the needs ahead of time. Be honest on what you can and cannot handle in the way of parenting and time commitment. If you have a full time job and can’t take time off to bond with your child, then perhaps an older child is not the right choice for you and your family.

If a new adoptive family is needed, normally one can be found within a short period of time. Some circumstances might arise because of divorce or death of an adoptive parent; in which, we have seen re-adoptions or re-placements occur. Please contact our adoption center to inquire about the process of re-adoption and adoption placement, there is no judgement and no cost to you.

By Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., founder of Lifetime Adoption.
Adoptive mother, author, and radio talk show host.

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“Hi Libby! Thanks again for another webinar! Listening always reminds us that Lifetime cares and the staff is working behind the scenes on our behalf (for which we are so thankful). As human beings, we have so much control over so many things in our lives, that when we have to surrender some of that, it’s very difficult! Going through the process of building a family is always a great reminder that everything is on God’s timing and He is NEVER late! While the waiting is hard, it is often a time that God uses for whatever purpose, however I think that is so very, very important to understand that if God says “no” that we need to be content. Personally, it has taken me a long time to come to that conclusion, but one day Ryan asked me “what are you going to do if God says ‘no’? What if He doesn’t allow us another child? How will you handle that?” It took a lot of reflecting and looking around at all of the things the Lord has given to us and the massive amount of prayers that He has already answered, but I knew that I would be okay. My goal was to find contentment in the Lord alone and see that anything else is an extra blessing. For that reason alone, the wait has been somewhat easier because the gratitude comes easier now. Anyway, thanks again! I was reminded yesterday of how grateful I am for the just the opportunity to adopt. The Lord is so incredibly gracious in giving us this way of growing families! Blessings!”
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