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My parents want to adopt another kid

 

 

Adoption is a tricky thing, especially since it’s not just one person that has to be considered. If your ‘rents haven’t talked to you about it seriously, you should suggest a family meeting. This should be a choice you and your family make together.

 

A new sib

Having a sibling is fun. While it does take some getting used to, it’s nice to have a brother or a sister that you can talk to and hang out with. Depending on what age child your parents are considering adding to the family, your responsibilities could vary. An infant or toddler might mean lotsa babysitting, while an older kid might tag around with you at school or on outing with friends. Remember, though: When you bring someone new into your family, that special someone will probably come with emotional baggage—and that’s not a bad thing. Just something else to consider.

 

A stranger in the family

Ask yourself if you’re really willing to open your arms to someone you’ve never met before. Having a guest for the weekend is one thing, but adoption is for forever. Could you share the bathroom, the dinner table and time with your family with a new person? Could you welcome this person into your inner circle and treat him or her like a real member of the family?

 

Only child?

If you’re an only child, adoption can be particularly hard. When you already have siblings, you know what it means to share toys, clothes, space and your parents’ attention. But when it’s just been you for your entire life, it’s hard to imagine what the changes in your household will really feel like. Sure, it may seem selfish to ask, “What about me?”, but refusing to consider the sitch until problems arise in the future is asking for trouble.

 

Give this one careful thought, sweetie, and talk it out with your parents and adoption counselors and agencies. Adoption is an incredible thing—giving someone a home and a family!—but it may or may not be the right choice for your family. Don’t be afraid to sound selfish or mean when you ask questions. This isn’t just about your parents or the child you guys might welcome into your fam; it’s about you, too.
 
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 8/31/2011 3:53:00 PM

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