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Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption



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Adoption is a big step which can change the whole dynamics of the family. It is crucial that parents understand the impact it has when new sibling relationships are forged and an adoptee becomes a part of the family.

James, an adoption professional and therapist providing services for attachment difficulties, childhood trauma, and issues related to adoption, presents a guide for families, and professionals who work with them, to adopting a child to a family that already has children and helping siblings deal with challenges that may occur with the arrival of a newcomer, especially a traumatized child. She describes the expectations siblings develop when they learn their family is adopting; ways for parents to conduct pre-placement preparation with children; reviewing and refining parental strengths; moving the child in; the pros and cons of traveling to their homeland; common challenges with a child with complex trauma; what to do if the challenges are too great; and strategies for meeting the needs of each child, dealing with grief issues, blending children with diverse birth histories, learning to be a peaceful family, dealing with sexual acting out and aggression, and restoring family fun. The final chapter contains stories from siblings and adoptees.


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