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Baby Showers for Adoptive Parents

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Adoptive baby showers are perfectly acceptable and come with many benefits.

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We all hear about baby showers for expecting parents, but what about for adopting parents? An adoption baby
shower is more than acceptable - it's encouraged! Adopting parents have the same needs as any other new
parents would, but with a few minor considerations...You should steer clear of planning a surprise celebration
on the day the family brings their child home. This can be a very emotional time - the new parents and child
(especially if the child is older) will need a period of adjustment. It is very important to be sensitive
their needs. In this case, delivering care packages and planning your celebration for a later date would
acceptable and appreciated. Be sure to talk with the new parents and find out what their wants and needs are
before you set a shower date...Your shower invitations should be sent out three to four weeks in advance, and
should include the time, date, and location of the shower. Don't forget to set an RSVP date with your
telephone number and address. If it is at all possible, include the child's birth date, as well as when
he or officially adopted or welcomed into the home of his or her new parents. This will help your guests
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to age appropriate gifts. In the case of foreign adoptions, you could also add information about the birth
country to inform your guests...As with other baby showers, the theme for an adoption baby shower should be
the same. However, if the child that was adopted is older, you should tailor your party to suit their age
favorite things. For example, a small girl might love everything that involves the Disney princesses and may
go absolutely crazy over the color pink. In turn, an older boy may be fascinated by soccer and anything
green. Don't be afraid to be a little creative to help make the party a special celebration to welcome
the child into your circle of family and friends!!!Baby shower games are important too! However, stay away
from games that are maternity-related. It's very important that you keep in mind that you are celebrating
the of adoption. Your games help set the tone of the party, and should be mixed in with any other activity
going on. An average shower lasts about two hours, so look at playing two to three party games. If the new
parents are adopting an older child, make sure your games reflect that as well. One great adoption party
activity is to organize a Welcome Book for the new child. Ask guests to bring pictures of themselves and
their families to assemble into a scrapbook page they will create at the shower...All of your shower
decorations will naturally depend on the style, theme, and number of people attending. Balloons and streamers
are standard, but there are a lot of creative and fun ideas to make the party extra-special. You're
only limited by your imagination here...If the adoption is an international one, you could use decorations
that reflect the child's place of birth, and include recipes from his or her home country. For guests,
it be a learning experience..As with decorations, party favors should match your shower theme and party
size. Your favors can be used as place settings, prizes, or they can be handed out at the end of the party.
A very popular idea for adoption showers is a special program for guests to keep. Written inside should be
commitments to the child from his or her new parents, poems about love, family, and adoption, and prayers for
the future..When labeling your favor, keep in mind that your party is, again, in honor of an adoption,
not a
birth. Your wording on gift tags should reflect that.        Adoption is a very exciting time for the new
parents.shower or welcome party allows friends and family members to share in on the family's joy. When you
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host or even attend such a party, it is very important to know the needs and wants of the parents. Be sure
to ahead of time how old the child is. Find out if the parents have registered anywhere. Parents who are
adopting should be reminded that they can actually register for older children as well as newborns...By
planning and hosting an adoption party, you are helping the new family formalize the acceptance of their child
into their circle. You will be creating an occasion that will be documented for the child to look at
in the and remind them how much they were welcomed and loved from the start.

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