Contributed by KS
Adopting a child is a big decision. It’s one that affects the lives of so many people: the child who needs a forever family, the parents who are agreeing to love and care for this child as one of their own, and even biological children to take into consideration. A prevalent fear of adoptive parents is how their biological children will accept and adjust to their new sibling. Sadly, in an effort to protect their children, parents may choose not to adopt and rob their children of a blessing. For me personally, I feel like my parents adopting my new siblings was one of the best things that ever happened to our family. The opportunity to reach out and change someone’s life is an amazing experience and that’s what adoption is all about!
Upfront, I will tell you that adding “new faces” to an existing family is quite an adjustment, so I understand the parents’ concern. As one of those welcoming siblings, I struggled through the process and there were times I wished my family wouldn’t have adopted them. But today, I cannot imagine my life without them! I can personally attest to the fact that the good that comes from adoption far outweighs the challenges.
Here are a few suggestions that may help your children adjust to the new family members. The primary focus is to maintain relationships with your children during the transition:
It is not only possible for your biological children to accept new siblings, but it is an enjoyable and positive family bonding experience – one you won’t want to miss!