Adopting More Than One Child

Artificial Twins in Adoption

Artificial Twins in AdoptionMany sibling groups are available through foster care adoption and international adoptions. Strong efforts are made to place siblings together for adoption because mental health professionals now recognize the importance of keeping siblings together in adoption in most cases.

Sometimes adoptive parents are also interested in adopting two unrelated children at the same time. This happens more often in international adoption; some countries allow it and some do not. Our Adoption Comparison Charts state which countries allow this practice. In rare cases,  it does occur with domestic infant adoption and foster care adoption

When adopting sibling groups or unrelated children at the same time, especially if you already have children, it sometimes happens that two of the children will be of similar ages. In effect, you will have created artificial twins (also called virtual twins, false twinning, forced twins, pseudo-twinning, or judicial twins).

Adopting siblings or more than one child at the same time requires special preparation for the adoptive parents and children. Creating a Family has resources on adopting siblings or multiple children at once. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:

Many more Creating a Family radio shows with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on adopting two children and artificial twins can be found at the icons below.

Sources: Creating a Family radio shows below

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Additional Resources

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Creating a Family Radio Shows on Adopting More Than One Child

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Creating a Family Factsheets, Tips on Adopting More Than One Child

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Q and A's with Experts on Adopting More Than One Child