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Ask AF: How to Encourage a New-Sibling Bond?

Ask AF: How to Encourage a New-Sibling Bond?

“We adopted our 10-year-old daughter as an infant, and adopted her seven- and eight-year-old biological sisters last month. How can we help all three girls bond with each other?”

brothers and sisters benefit from knowing about and seeing their birth siblings after adoption

Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds.

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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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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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adopting a second child

“Second Child, Second Thoughts?”

"I began to understand what Bianca was going through. She wasn't sure she was ready for a baby sister yet. Was I?"

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Cross-cultural adoption creates loving families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“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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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Cover of Bastards

[Book Review] Bastards

A must-read for adoptive parents, tackling the difficult process of attachment and the dichotomy of nature and nurture.

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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Webinar Replay – Parenting the Hurt Child

View the replay of the “Parenting the Hurt Child” webinar. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, guides parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

A young boy pondering questions about birth siblings

Questions About Birth Siblings

Don't be surprised if your child wants to know about his birth brothers and sisters. Such questions are healthy — and normal.

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