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.

These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“Are Your Sons Related?”

“Are Your Sons Related?”

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?

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Only-child households are common in adoptive families

Do We Stop at Just One?

Wondering whether to raise an only child? Half of all adoptive families do. How they thrive, despite occasional (or frequent!) second thoughts.

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A mother who adopted after facing infertility realizes she's no longer hoping for a miracle pregnancy

“No Longer Hoping for a Miracle Pregnancy”

An imminent hysterectomy is helping me realize that I no longer want to become pregnant — I only want to be the best mother I can be to my children, who came to me through adoption.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

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.

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Nature vs. nurture has been hotly debated for years.

“Loving My Children’s ‘Ingredients'” – Nature vs. Nurture

Parenting children with different DNA opened up new worlds for me. Loving who they are means parenting their DNA and not my own agenda.

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[Book Review] The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma's ambitious debut novel about a Chinese girl adopted by a Chinese-American family tackles race, identity, and "luck."

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Badge for the best adoption blogs of 2011

AF Picks: Best Adoption Blogs

We scoured the blogosphere for the most funny, heartwarming, honest online reads. Our congratulations to these 18 outstanding picks!

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Paradoxes of Adoptive Parenting

After writing Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother, Jana Wolff returns with more candid insights into the emotional highs and lows of parenthood.

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Old photos of childhood memories

Telling Your Family’s Story

Sure, celebrations and rituals are important to have in adoptive families, but so are ways to preserve and keep these memories alive.

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A mom of an adopted child, on the beach with that adopted child

“Dear Mom of an Adopted Child”

I knew you right away. I recognize the fierce determination. You are the kind of woman who Makes.Things.Happen. After all, you made this happen, this family you have.

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Would adopting older children internationally out of birth order make out family less "perfect"?

“Redefining Perfect”

After giving birth to a boy and a girl, I had what other people defined as a "million dollar family." A few years later, family and friends questioned our decision to adopt two older children, out of birth order, when we had the "perfect" family.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Feeling Left Out of a Birth Family

Our seven-year-old biological son seems to swing between feeling left out because his siblings (both adopted) have "other families" to feeling that they can't be part of our family because they have "other" families.

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