Adoption Through the Eyes of a Brother

Jared was seven when his sister Janelle joined the family by adoption. Now 18, he gives us a rare look at what the experience meant to a young boy, filtered by his age at the time.

One brother describes his experience as an adoptive sibling.
At five years old: When I was five, my parents decided to adopt. I wasn’t surprised. They had always talked about adopting. Six years old: It was August, and the Federal Express man delivered pictures and information about my new sister. Mom said, “Isn’t she cute?” I thought she was beautiful. Seven years old: My sister was supposed to arrive in November, but government delays kept her at the orphanage. Finally, in February, Mom went to Haiti to get her. We met them ...

One brother remembers all of the questions strangers and friends asked about his adopted sister from ages 5 to 15, and how he responded.


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