For some families who have adopted children of older ages, the summer can be a great time to explore a range of new schooling options. As part of the bonding process and to work towards better assimilating a child into their new adopted family, home schooling might be an option worth considering. Whilst home schooling can be a wonderful option for many children, it can be the one thing which promotes lasting bonding, good attachment and more security for children who have been adopted into a family.
Improving the Bond
If you are considering adopting a child in California, opting to home educate them can significantly improve the bond that they form with you. For many older adopted children, they have spent the beginning of their short lives moving from school to school as they are placed with foster families. Home schooling your adopted child will ensure that they do not have to deal with a new school transition once they come into your care. Even if you choose to eventually send them to school in the future, home education for the first few weeks or months of being in your family can help them to deal with the transition into their new life gradually, by getting used to their new family first.
Safety and Security
Many children who are adopted, especially at an older age, come to a new family with a range of different issues. Often, these issues are caused by emotional trauma and distress. Because of this, it can be very difficult for an older adopted child to come to terms with attending a new school, fit in, and make friends. Home schooling gives them a little bit of extra security and safety that they need in order to adapt and become comfortable. When home schooling, you can take your child to groups in the area where they will be able to meet other children their own age from local schools, giving them a chance to get to know others and make friends before they enroll in school.
Time and Patience
For many newly adopted children, it is essential to give them time and patience to adapt to their new life. Since home schooling can be done at a pace which suits both you and the child, it is often much easier for an older adopted child to do, instead of going to school where they would need to keep up with the rest of the class almost immediately. Home education gives them more freedom and independence, and also gives them a great chance to discover their own strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes at their own pace and work on them. Whether you choose to just home school your child initially or make it a permanent choice, it can definitely help them to rediscover themselves at a pace that they are comfortable with.
When you adopt an older child, it’s important to make sure that they can adapt comfortably. Home education could be a good answer to allowing them to adapt at their own pace and build a strong bond with you.