Many adoptive parents invest years of time, energy, money, and thought into creating their family. For some however, the dream of what their family will be like does not match the reality of raising an adopted child, particularly if the child has behavioral challenges.
Impact on the family - the resulting stress and exhaustion of parenting can lead to depression. Most often, this hits the mom and leaves her feeling like a failure, as well as experiencing isolation and loneliness. Parents are often afraid to seek help for the depression because they fear the child will be removed.
a) parents will know the symptoms of post-adoption depression
b) parents will have self-care strategies for post-adoption depression
c) parents will feel confident in seeking appropriate professional help for post-adoption depression