Feeling Like Part of the Extended Family

Any family can be a confusing place for a newly adopted child, and well-meaning relatives don't always help. Here, tips on bringing everyone closer together.

For many adoptive parents, a major concern is whether grandma and grandpa will accept and love their new child. Some parents worry that a child’s race may determine whether she is welcomed into the fold. Others wonder if grandparents will, in subtle ways, favor their biologic grandchildren, or inadvertently make insensitive remarks about a child’s origins. In a few families, the birth parents’ educational background — or lack of one — may also be an issue. When grandparents warm to ...

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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