Adopting and caring for a special needs child can be deeply rewarding, but it comes accompanied by a myriad of challenges above and beyond ‘typical’ adoption. With proper education and preparation, however, you and your loved ones can ensure as seamless a transition as possible. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you prepare for the upheaval of special needs adoption:

Educate Yourself

Which symptoms or behaviors typically accompany your future child’s condition? How can you best respond? Read books and studies, watch YouTube videos, and chat with special needs parents. Through self-education, you can get a better sense of the full scope of the responsibility you are about to take on. This will make it easier to adjust to later on.

Adjust Your Expectations

Adoptive parents who expect to immediately build a strong bond with their children often find themselves disappointed. This is even more likely with special needs children, who may struggle to build emotional connections at all — much less with new parents. Don’t despair if that bond doesn’t develop as quickly as expected. Continue to provide loving care, and it may come with time.

Plan to Establish a Routine

Adoptive children often struggle to adapt to sudden changes in their environment. Special needs children, in particular, find these changes overwhelming. A solid routine can provide a valuable element of comfort. Establish critical routines in advance with current household members to minimize the chaos of the eventual adjustment period.

Reach Out to Available Resources

Local resources can help you prepare for your new life. Establish lines of contact early to ease the process later on. Top resources for parents of special needs children include:

If you’re ready to move forward with adoption, be sure to work with a family law attorney who will address the full scope of your concerns. The Brown Law Offices can help; call (763) 323-6555 today to learn more.

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“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.