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adopted african american siblings Adoption creates many different kinds of sibling relationships – siblings who are related genetically but growing up in different adoptive families or split between birth and adoptive families; siblings who are not genetically related but are adopted into the same family—some of whom may be adopted and others of whom may be born to the adoptive parents. Each of these relationships has complexity that parents and children must navigate; together these sibling individuals are often overlooked in the world of adoption and foster care even though they are profoundly impacted by the experience. Parents, by birth and adoption, need support for how to have conversations with children at various ages and stages that allow them to articulate their feelings and create relationships with their siblings that make sense for them. Articles include the experiences of birth parents who are parenting siblings of children placed for adoption, different adoptive families who are parenting siblings from the same birth family, sibling search and reunion, and the significance of sibling relationships throughout the life span.

Pact offers services to support adopted children of color, their non-adopted siblings and their family at every stage of the adoption journey. We offer pre-placement consultations and placement services for prospective parents who are looking to adopt a child of color as their first choice. We also offer support for adoptive parents who have already adopted (or are considering adopting) children of color through our online chat groups, our workshops and conferences, our nationally acclaimed Pact Family Camp, one-on-one consultations focused on the special issues inherent to adoptive parenting, and regional parent-organized affiliates in Northern California, Southern California, and throughout the U.S. Become a member of Pact to take advantage of all these resources and to receive our newsletter, Pact’s Point of View, which features many personal stories and informational articles about adoption, parenting, and race. Pact members receive a discount at our online bookstore, which features great reads on adoption carefully selected for both adults and kids of all ages. We also recommend blogs and other online resources that we believe have the very best advice and information for adoptive families of children of color about adoption, race, and parenting.

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