Navigating Sibling Rivalry & Other Family Dynamics After Adoption


Advice and stories about navigating sibling rivalry, talking with relatives who don’t “get” adoption, and other post-adoption family dynamics.

A dad with his children after deciding to adopt a second child.

Deciding on a Second Child

Deciding on a Second Child

More might be merrier, but the family dynamic is sure to change.

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Book Review: Kids, Parents, And Power Struggles: Winning For A Lifetime

This straightforward book is perfect for helping parents avoid emotional warfare.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Family Interactions After Kinship Adoption

“We are adopting my sister-in-law’s teenage son after fostering him for five years. What can I say to her at family gatherings, to family who still don’t get that we’ll be his legal parents—and to my son, who hears all of this?”

Mother And Son Lying In Bed Together Looking At Each Other Laughing. One example of connecting with kids.

10 Simple Ways to Have a Happier Family

Wish you could slow down and take the time to really connect with your kids? Here's how to slip small moments of love and closeness into the busiest days.

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How Did Your First Child React to the Arrival of a Second?

How did you work through sibling issues/rivalries at the time of the adoption and in subsequent years? How about instances in which one child receives more attention than another or silly questions? (Is that your "real" sister?) Our readers respond.

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Julia Baxter with her family, including four new siblings through foster adoption, on their adoption day

“Where We All Belong”

When I was a teen, my parents decided to grow our family by adopting from foster care. How did it feel to suddenly gain four new brothers and sisters through adoption?

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in a family that's built through open adoption and step-relatives, more love is more love

“More Love Is More Love”

In many families, relationships come without exact names. While adoption highlighted this truth, it was already a given in my family—and maybe in yours, too?

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“Thankfully, My Son’s Personality Didn’t Come from Me”

When people have kids, they are often hoping their child will be just like them. In our case, we're happy our son has beautiful characteristics that are all his own.

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2016 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest Winners - Katherine and Sean

2016 Cover Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 1,000 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.

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stepchild adoption

“Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?”

I could have merely been her stepmother, but Taylor and I chose to love each other. Not even adolescence can take that away from us.

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