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Adoption Awareness Week

Adoption Awareness Week
Next week is National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW), which exists to raise awareness of adoption and the importance of permanency for children, along with providing education on the support needs of children and families - www.adoptchange.org.au

 

With this fabulous cause in mind, we wanted to share with you a couple of ways that you could welcome a new family member into your home.

 

As babies are too little to really understand that they have a new home, the welcoming is more aimed at the parents, siblings and close family.

 

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Naming Ceremony - A lot of children who are adopted already have names given to them by their biological parents, so this ceremony can celebrate the child’s first name, a new family surname or can simply act as a welcoming ceremony, introducing the child to their new family.

 

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When the kiddies are older, it becomes more about them and welcoming them into their new family and their new home.  Making them feel loved and safe and helping them to build personal relationships.

 

Welcoming Party/Ceremony - For older children, one way to show them that they play an important role in their new family is by having a welcoming party in their honour.

 

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Some adoption experts say…

 

Find out about your child’s life before they were adopted - If they come from a different country, perhaps you could incorporate something they are familiar with.  Music, food or games.

 

Introduce family members slowly - Bombarding your child with all their new aunties, uncles and cousins at one BBQ could be quite overwhelming.

 

Preparing other children - If you have other children at home, preparing them for the arrival of the new addition is just as vital as welcoming a new child.

 

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Speak to one of our TCN Celebrants who can help you to arrange the perfect welcoming ceremony for your family.

 

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