Adoption is a blessing and a life-changing gift. We are thankful every day for the privilege of raising our daughters.

Sometimes, depending on the circumstances of your child’s life before they were adopted, adoption can also present special challenges.

We’ve been helped enormously by The Cradle’s special web courses designed to help parents understand some of those challenges and how to help your child, and family, heal.

The courses are called Tough Starts Matter. We can’t recommend them enough as a starting point if your child’s behavior suggests early trauma, or inadequate physical and emotional nurturing. These courses have helped us be better parents.

The Cradle, through Adoption Learning Partners, also offers web courses on attachment and medical issues in adoption as well as other subjects.