Adopting Out of Birth Order

Disrupting the Birth Order by AdoptionBirth order is important and the decision to disrupt birth order through adoption should not be taken lightly. Families that already have children that are interested in adopting older kids and siblings groups are often faced with the decision of whether to disrupt the order of children in their family.

Many adoption professionals in the past and now routinely advised against this practice, but that may be changing.

As renowned adoption expert Dr. David Brodzinsky said in an interview on a Creating a Family show on disrupting birth order in adoption, “When talking about adopting out of birth order, it is best to throw ‘always’ and ‘never’ out the window, and replace them with ‘sometimes’.”  Adopting out of birth order is neither always a good idea or never a good idea; it is sometimes a good idea.

Adopting out of birth order can sometimes result in children being very close in age, in essence creating “artificial twins”. Issues of creating artificial twins are discussed on other resource pages on this site.

Creating a Family has many resources for those considering adopting out of birth order or living the experience. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:

Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on adopting out of birth order can be found at the icons below.

Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below

Image credit: Andrew Nourse

Additional Resources

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Creating a Family Radio Shows on Disrupting Birth Order

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Creating a Family Blogs on Disrupting Birth Order

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Creating a Family Factsheets, Tips on Disrupting Birth Order

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Creating a Family Videos on Disrupting Birth Order

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Q and A's with Experts on Disrupting Birth Order

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