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.

getting the grandparents on board with adoption

Winning Over the Grandparents-To-Be

Winning Over the Grandparents-To-Be

Even the most eager grandparents-to-be need time to work through concerns about adoption.

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“An Imperfect Family” – Remembering My Brother Through Foster Adoption

My family couldn't give Darrell the storybook life we'd all have liked. But with us, he learned to embrace the joy in life.

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Birth Parent Fantasies — and Fears

An adopted child may imagine life with her birth parents as "the road not taken." Parents should share what they know and support exploration.

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Our son through special needs adoption became his sister's guiding light.

“Becoming His Sister’s Guiding Light”

One year after adopting an infant girl, we adopted a "special needs" child with a cleft lip and palate. Ever since his sister was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's become her guiding light.

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Being a single mother can be scary, but this mother overcame her fears

“Pushing Past My Fears to Become a Single Mother”

A recent "adventure vacation" I took with my daughter brought back memories of the scariest leap of all — becoming a single mom.

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A family formed via foster adoption

“In the Beginning” — Part 1 of Foster Adoption Series

In part one of our family's adoption odyssey, we make our way through our state's Fost/Adopt program and find that things don't always go according to plan. But sometimes, that's for the best.

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Using Fantasy Play to Deal with Adoption Issues

“The Therapeutic Value of Playing Our Adoption Game”

My daughter was two when I first met her at the orphanage in Russia. I knew nothing about the first years of her life, and she has no conscious memories of that time—but an elaborate fantasy life that she cultivated gave me a glimpse into how she may have experienced her early years.

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

When Things Change

Life's transitions can be hard on children. Here's how to help your child develop his own ways to cope.

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

A Family Identity

A family value statement can build strong bonds and see you through both good times and bad.

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[Book Excerpt] No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Melissa Fay Greene flawlessly captures the journey of building a family through adoption in this heartwarming memoir.

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