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Readiness to Adopt Children With Special Needs-Self-Survey

Readiness to Adopt Children With Special Needs-Self-Survey

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Adoption of children with special needs requires a lot from parents. This self-survey helps prospective adoptive parents think about whether or not they are prepared for the adoption of children with special news. Doing the survey will help parents identify their strengths and weaknesses and provides guidelines for where to get the information and support that will prepare them and see them through difficult times.
Adoption of children with special needs requires a lot from parents. This self-survey helps prospective adoptive parents think about whether or not they are prepared for the adoption of children with special news. Doing the survey will help parents identify their strengths and weaknesses and provides guidelines for where to get the information and support that will prepare them and see them through difficult times.

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Published by: Jane Gilgun on Apr 15, 2013
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Hennepin County Adoption ProjectUniversity of Minnesota School of Social Work 
Readiness to Adopt Self-Survey (RASS)
Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW jgilgun@umn.edu Susan Keskinen, M.S.W.skeskinen@yahoo.com
This survey will help you to prepare for the adoption of children with special needs. Childrenwith special needs have experienced adversities, such as abuse, neglect, and abandonment, or may have neurological, psychological, and behavioral issues that require special care. Your answers will show you where you have strengths as a parent and where you have room for improvement. Be as honest as you can as you complete the survey; no one but you will know your answers. Fill out the survey on your own. If you have a partner, your partner should fill out his or her own survey, too. The survey is designed for partners to talk to each other about their answers to the survey questions. Adoption professionals at the agencies where you are applying to adopt children may talk to youabout some of the issues that this survey raises. The survey has six parts. Fill out as many or as few of these parts as you want at one time. When you believe some items don’t apply to you, please feel free to skip them.
On a scale of 1 to 5, rate yourself on each of the following statements. The scale items are:1 = Doesn’t describe me at all 2 = Describes me a little
 
 
3 = Describes me somewhat 4 = Describes me quite well 5 = Describes me very well 
 
 
Parenting
Identity as a Parent
 ____ I want to be a parent. ____ My partner wants to be a parent. ____ I know that parenting means giving up some things that are important to me. ____ I know that parenting entails great rewards and some heartaches. ____ When I adopt, I will feel that the children are my children.
Commitment
 ____ When I make a decision to adopt a child, I am making a commitment for life. ____ I know that adopting children entails risks and that there are no guarantees about how thechildren will turn out. ____ I will help my adopted children handle the sometimes harsh realities, such as their historiesof separation and loss. ____ I will remain committed to my children if new information about them comes to light, suchas their being more traumatized than I had originally thought.
Willingness to Learn About Children’s Needs
 ____ I will attend workshops and trainings on the issues that the children I adopt may have, suchas attachment issues, fetal alcohol syndrome and effects, and behavioral issues. ____ I will look beyond the children's needs to see their resilience; how they have coped with,adapted to, and overcome negative experiences. ____ I know that both positive and negative experiences have shaped how my children think,feel, and behave.
Authoritative Parenting
 ____ I will be affectionate with my children, through both touching and words. ____ I know how to help children express their emotions in constructive ways. ____ I will set clear and fair limits for my children. ____ I have clear and fair expectations for my children. ____ I will give age-appropriate explanations for the expectations I have. ____ I will give my children choices in day-to-day decisions. ____ I will set clear and fair consequences for my children. ____ I will follow through on consequences.

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