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.

Children can struggle to cope with divorce

Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce

Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce

A child may exhibit "baby" behaviors when his parents divorce.

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

Feeling Like Part of the Extended Family

The more you involve the grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and cousins, too) in you adoption process, the more your child feels like part of the clan.

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Foster care can lead to permanent adoption

“Changing My Name to Mom”

As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she's fallen in love with.

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Sometimes parents divorce after adoption.

When Parents Split Up

Divorce doesn’t seem to affect our kids any more than it affects other children. Still, there are elements to consider.

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Two loving sisters, one with special needs

“Raising Our Daughters, Special Needs and All”

They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.

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

Family Night

Getting everyone together once a week can be invaluable for family unity.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Telling Children About a Change of Heart

Adoption expert Ronny Diamond outlines how to tell children when an expectant mother match falls through, after they've become attached to the idea of a new brother or sister.

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