Is it hard to prepare children to welcome an adopted sibling?

| Nov 17, 2018 | Family Law |

The excitement of adopting another child into your family is becoming more evident as you make the final arrangements before welcoming your new child into your family. Fortunately, adopting a child in Georgia can provide a child in need with the chance to be part of a loving family while also giving your family the opportunity to form wonderful new relationships with their adopted family member.

If you already have children living in your home, you may be concerned about preparing them to welcome another sibling into the family circle. While your concerns are indeed valid, there are proactive steps that you can take to prepare your children and teach them to be tolerant, patient, loving and empathetic. Something you may consider is involving your children in the process of preparing for another sibling by having them help with paperwork, preparing a bedroom and having frequent discussions with them about the importance and beauty of adoption.

According to Live About, one of the most critical things you can do is to let your children know that you love them and that regardless of the upcoming change in the family dynamic, that you still love them very much and are fully committed to caring for each of them. Talk to them about being respectful of the child’s space, opinions and reservations. Teach your children about why keeping specific details confidential is essential to protect their new sibling’s feelings and confidence. Remind them of the importance of setting a good example and modeling the behavior that you wish to see in your home.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.