I am the happy adoptive mama to Elliott, who is 4.5. A delightful boy in every way, Elliott has sensory integration dysfunction, a modulating disorder, and a central auditory processing disorder. Despite all of this, he happens to be very bright and charming with a great sense of humor. High needs is putting it mildly--E's a guy who requires full-energy parenting.
With all of this in mind, when is it appropriate to plan for number 2? We'd like to adopt again, and assume that the process will take 18-24 from the start. Starting today (which isn't going to happen) Elliott could be as young as 6, or closer to 7 when his sister arrives.
For those of you who added to the family after the arrival of your special needs child, how did you decide that you were ready? Any words of advice?
paige, happy mama to Elliott, the delight of my soul