Struggling with Your Adopted Teen?
All children go through problems in life, either big or small, but adoption issues in teens might have more pronounced issues to deal with. Typical teen issues like belonging, fitting in, rejection, connection, and acceptance of peers are more difficult for adopted children, partly due to feelings of abandonment. Sometimes, these problems can be severe. The adopted teen could be detached or out of control and even be dangerous to themselves or others.
Adoption Issues in Teenage Boys
Some adopted children are from high-risk pregnancies. In most cases, the baby is prenatally exposed to alcohol, tobacco, and other life-threatening drugs. Knowing these issues might help prepare you for the problems that might occur. Adoptive kids from high-risk pregnancies are often exposed to developmental delays, impulsive choices, poor choices, attention deficit, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and emotional disorders. Some more intense issues may occur, like Reactive Attachment Disorder, other attachment issues, learning disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, logic sequence problems, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder.
Anger problems might be another issue with an adopted child. As a result, adopted kids might have to attend a therapeutic boarding school. An adopted child might not be able to express love or appreciation as an average teen does.
There’s Hope in Every Adoption
Families who adopt can overcome these issues. God takes conflict and uses it for our good. He deepens the relationship between parent and child. God will never give up on us or our struggles. Working through conflict helps everyone involved move toward wholeness and strengthening relationships.
Every parent that goes through adoption needs to understand the issues surrounding adoption. This helps responses to each case, creating a calmer approach to handling conflict.
When adopting a child, remember there is more to your adopted child’s life than you will be able to see. Adoptive parents play a crucial role in that child’s life; adoptive issues that occur later won’t change that.
God bless those who choose to give a child a new home and a new family. If you are an adoptive family, may your home be a haven of hope for a child who needs you; may God’s beautiful provision for orphans reach down to you, and may He give you the strength to work through any future struggles or difficulties.
Our Teen Challenge Christian boys home in Arkansas offers a nurturing environment where teenage boys 14-17 can find unconditional support and guidance. If your child is suffering from behavior issues or depression or is making choices that cause harm to himself or others, we are here to help. Since 1973, we’ve been here to help boys suffering from a variety of personal issues, especially including self-destructive behavior and thoughtless attitudes, failing in school or school expulsion, addictions and drug use, reactive attachment disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), PTSD, adaption issues, and depression.
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