# 41: Mentally Preparing For Your Adoption or Fostering Journey – The 11 most important things you need to know

adoption foster care preparation training

If you've ever wanted to ask experienced adoptive and foster moms what they would recommend you do before bringing new children into your family, this episode is for you.

If you are in the midst of fostering or adopting, you'll get fresh ideas to help you as you parent and love your kids.

Today we're talking about 11 things you can do to prepare mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually for being an adoptive/foster parent.

The 11 Most Important Things You Need to Know

1. Take care of yourself and your marriage.

2. Have realistic expectations.

3. Understand what you can control - and what you can't.

4. Be flexible.

5. Educate yourself.

6. Define success appropriately.

7. Remember that what's normal for you may not be normal for your kids.

8. Be mindful that your kids' perception is their reality.

9. Embrace radical acceptance.

10. Understand your history and how it affects your parenting.

11. Remember it's a marathon and not a sprint.

Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can:
And wisdom to know the difference.

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Links Relevant to this episode:

The Adoption Connection Facebook group

Episode 09: Are Newborn Adoptions Easier? (with Rebecca Vahle)

Episode 31: 7 Ways for Parents to Relieve a Stressed-Out Brain

Episode 40: Parenting Kids with FASDs and Invisible Disabilities Successfully with Eileen Devine

Melissa's post that shows the pyramid where we need to be the solid foundation

The Connected Child * by Karyn Purvis

Books by Dan Siegel *

Books by Daniel Hughes *

8 Ways to Help an Adoptive or Foster Mom

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