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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Apr 22, 2021

Episode 86: Fostering and Adoption Journeys With Children With Special Needs With Guest Daniel Hall

In this episode, Daniel Hall discusses adoption and special needs. He and his wife have 5 children with special needs of varying degrees. Conditions ranged from Autism, drug exposure, Fetal Alcohol Symptoms, slowed processing speed, Reactive Attachment Disorder, developmental delays, PTSD, and possible Dissociative Identity Disorder. Daniel himself was in foster care as a young child, and was later adopted by the Hall family. His foster car experiences were abusive and traumatic prior to being adopted by the Hall family.

After adopting children (5 at a time), he was asked to be a trainer for parents who would like to foster or adopt children. He learned a lot by adopting his children. At first, it was hard to reach some of them. Over time, he learned about their traumas, how to reach them, and the best ways to interact with them and reach them.

Before you decide to foster or adopt, know your limits and get a good sense of what you will be like as a parent. Realize that you will have to learn about their trauma, learn about trauma in general, and help the children self-regulate. Be prepared for friendships to change. Surround yourself with people who understand. Listen to your children. Show interest in what your children are doing. Advocate for them. Look into foster parent associations to gain additional useful social support.






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