Parents come to foster care from many different places in life. Some already have children by birth when they decide to foster or foster-to-adopt. Others have faced infertility and then choose to pursue foster care or adoption. Some choose then to return to fertility treatment to continue to build their family. Occasionally, a family gets involved in a kinship foster care relationship, which has its own unique challenges.
In any of these cases, parents need to think through the special issues that can arise when you combine kids by birth and foster care or adoption. Both biological and fostered/adopted children can thrive in this type of blended family. But it’s very helpful for the parents to be educated about the issues and prepared for what challenges might arise.
Creating a Family has resources to help foster parents with Blending Biological and Foster/Adopted Children. A few that we think you might find particularly helpful are here:
- Overcoming Unhealthy Dynamics Between Siblings (blog post)
- Blending a Foster Child with Children Already in the Home (blog post)
- Top 10 Tips for Blending Children by Foster Care, Birth And/Or Adoption (blog post)
- Blending Children by Birth and Adoption (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Impact of Fostering on Kids Already in the Family (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
- Disrupting Birth Order in Adoption and Foster Care (1 hr. radio show w/ expert)
Scroll to the bottom of the page and you can see the resources that Creating a Family offers to help you blend biological and foster/adopted children, in the form of blogs, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets and expert Q & A’s.