Adopting an older child can bring unique challenges and rewards. In this course, we interview Celeste Snodgrass, MSW, LCSW, and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International, and Danielle Kaiser, a mental and behavioral therapist and Foster Family & Adoptions Social Worker with Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. We cover things to consider when adopting an older child.

This course covers the following topics:

  • What do we mean by “older” child?
  • What are some typical adjustment behaviors of children adopted at an older age?
  • What are some techniques for developing attachment to an older child?
  • How to help an older child deal with this huge disruption in their lives?
  • If the child is adopted from another country, how does the lack of language impact transitioning into the family? From both the parent's and the child’s standpoint?
  • What are some typical food issues you might experience?
  • What are some sleep issues you might experience?
  • What to do when a child comes to you with significant academic delays?
  • How to work with the schools to find the right placement for your child?


*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption*

 96.38 (b)(8)

 96.38 (b)(10)

 96.48 (b)(3)

 96.48 (c)






*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements