Siblings and Adoption
Whether you create your family through adoption only or
a combination of adoption and biology, adding a new family member is always
a joyful event.
Here, we’ve collected the best articles from the
archives of Adoptive Families on deciding to adopt a second (or
third…) child, preparing a child to be a brother (or sister), fostering
strong sibling relationships, parenting blended families, and more.
| Is That Your Real Sister?
Creating a blended family--combining races, cultures, biology, and adoption--generates a special kind of joy.
by Barbara Meltz
Strong Sibling Relationships
- The Sibling Connection
Sure, they bicker, they fight, they tease each other mercilessly. But
they're also creating vital relationships that will last a lifetime.
- When Your Children's Abilities Differ
Family activities and one-on-one time can help minimize sibling jealousy.
- Family Night
Family night gives parents and children an opportunity to build memories,
to share what is going on in their lives, and to solve problems.
Making the Decision
Preparing Children for Siblings
- Is That Your Real Sister?
Creating a blended family-combining races, cultures, biology, and adoption-generates
a special kind of joy.
- The Blend Trend
In this special report, adoptive mother Pamela Kruger reports that more
and more of us are adopting after having birth children.
- Is Sibling Rivalry Just Another Name
In these three blended families, love and conflict are all part of the
- The Ties that Bind - Making Blended
Blended families flourish when they recognize their differences and
celebrate their choices, says this father of two.
- Through the Eyes of a Brother
Jared was seven when his sister Janelle joined the family by adoption.
Now 18, he gives us a rare look at what the experience meant to a young
- Is That Your REAL Brother?
My brother and I were both adopted. He was born in Michigan, and I was
born in Korea. Together with my parents we made a family.
- The Same, But Different
When an adopted child gets most of your attention, it doesn't mean you
love your other child less.
- When Your Child Has Birth Siblings
Parents who know that one child was placed for adoption while a sibling
was not may wonder how to explain it in a way their child can understand.
- Unexpectedly in Sync
My daughter formed a swift, intense bond with her four birth sisters. The surprising love I felt for them blindsided me, but now it makes perfect sense.
- From Russia, With Love-Again
One thing led to another, and we became-unexpectedly-twice blessed.
- Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love
When the courts place children in foster care, siblings have only each
other to turn to and count on.
- The China Sisters
Two families, linked by a shared adoption experience, discover that
they are bound by DNA, as well.
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