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Are we treating our adopted child differently?

“The Same, But Different”

“The Same, But Different”

When an adopted child gets most of your attention, it doesn't mean you love your other child less.

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A picture of foster child Darrell

“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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Three brothers have a relationship with one's birth mother.

“Knowing Their Brother’s Birth Mother”

We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.

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Children in a multiracial family

“Why Am I the Only One Who’s Pink?”

Being Mom to "virtual twins"—one African-American, one white; one adopted, one biological—has taught me to validate both of my children for who they are.

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One mom shares the lessons she learned planning a family vacation.

“Too Soon for a Family Vacation”: Older Child Adjustment

What we should have known before we took our newly adopted 13-year-old on a surprise Disney World vacation.

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One mom describes her struggle to explain race in her conspicuous family.

“Talking About Race in Our Blended Family”

A chance conversation in the car almost set our son apart from our family. But what happened brought him closer to me than ever.

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How adopting out of birth order worked for our boys.

“Mixing Up Our Family’s Birth Order”

Although "expert advice" tells parents not to disrupt the birth order when adopting, reshuffling the deck gave us just the right hand.

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Cover of Brothers and Sisters in Adoption by Arleta James

[Book Review] Brothers and Sisters in Adoption

Sibling issues are the focus of this rich resource for parents or adoption professionals, written by Arleta James. Read the full review, here.

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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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These siblings know who their "real mom" is

“Who’s His Real Mom?”

My little brother was stunned, and I was enraged, when a schoolmate asked an innocent question.

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How to manage rivalry with an adoptive sister.

“Adopting a Baby Sister”

Our preteen biological daughter felt some jealousy of the baby we adopted internationally, but, for the most part, we've all settled into our new roles.

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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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