A Voice and a Choice
At Kidsave, we work tirelessly to encourage these kids to realize their worth and follow their inner voice when finding a forever family. They deserve to have a voice and a choice while searching for their adoptive parents. Teenagers should feel as secure as possible when seeing a family, especially since they’re working through adolescence! As we know from our own experiences, adolescence is tough. Navigating those years without a robust support system is arduous. Teens, like all of us, need positive role models and people they can depend on.
Older kids who’ve spent most – if not all – of their life in foster care have been trying to figure things out on their own for as long as they can remember. For them, learning to rely on others can take time (after all, they most likely have gotten their hopes up in the past only to be disappointed). Their new forever families need to have patience and stick with them during this adjustment period; to give them the space they need while also letting them know that they are there to help.
For someone looking to adopt their first child, they may feel that they’re somehow “missing out” on the experiences that come with raising a baby or a younger kid. It’s true that when you adopt a teenager, you likely will not be teaching them to walk, eat, or how to say “mommy.” Those moments are certainly memorable and unique bonding moments between parent and child. However, there are also a great deal of notable ‘firsts’ that come with raising a teen! Such as teaching them to drive, helping them through their first heartbreak, and preparing them for their first school dance, sporting event, or spelling bee!
These are just a few… For even more reasons to consider adopting a teenager, check out this excellent list from Adopt U.S. Kids.