How does it work out when you combing kids by birth and foster care/adoption in the same family? Does it matter if you adopt/foster out of birth order? Does it make a difference if the child is a baby, toddler, or over the age of six? My guest will be Arleta James, a therapist that specializes in adoption and author of Brothers and Sisters in Adoption, and Judy Stigger, an adoption therapist, Director of Professional Relations for Adoption Learning Partners, and adoptive mom.
- What can parents do to prepare existing children for a new sibling whose past is unknown?
- What are some issues that institutionalized children have?
- Adopting out of birth order. What are the potential impacts to existing children and adopted children? What can parents do to ease the problems?
- What is artificial twinning and should parents do it?
- How can parents facilitate sibling attachment?
- What should parents do if their extended family gives the biological children preferential treatment?
- What should parents do with grown children who are resistant to parents adopting younger children?
- What should parents do if they cannot treat children by adoption and birth equally? Is it necessary to treat children in a blended family equally?
- How much information about an adopted child’s early life should parents share with the other children?
- Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past by Betsy Keefer and Jayne E. Schooler
- Dealing with different degrees of information about each child
- Dealing with birth children who are uncomfortable with the attention a blended family gets
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