Combining Children by Birth and Adoption

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Combining Children by Birth and Adoption

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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.

+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • 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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01/07/2009 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2009 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Fostering, Fostering Radio Shows, Radio Show | 0 Comments



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