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Adopting Older Children addresses the most significant challenges surrounding older-child adoption (both domestically and internationally), including mental health, behavioral, and educational concerns. This thorough guide enumerates the issues an older adopted child faces and provides a comprehensive overview of problems and how adopting parents can successfully deal with them, including critical information about developmental issues; problems related to the adoptee's emerging sense of self, including sexual orientation and cultural identity; and other special needs that children may have. Adopting Older Children provides prospective parents the essential tools for coping with transition and family dynamics, educating others about adoption, and understanding the personality, background, and problems of an older adopted child.

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Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero

Stephanie has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. For the past decade Stephanie has worked on federally funded child welfare and child trauma projects. She is the co-author of four peer reviewed journal articles and one book. Stephanie has first hand experience with adoption. Currently she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Social Work at Fordham and plans to continue her research in the field of child welfare. Stephanie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband Joe and son Michael.

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