Tuesday Topic: Preparing Adopted Children for a New Sibling

This week’s Tuesday Topic comes from Lori of Goodbye Ordinary:

We will be traveling to India in the spring to bring home our adopted son. Our girls came to us just two years ago. I would love to hear the ways that families have prepared their adopted children for the arrival of another adopted child. Also, how did you prepare them for the time you will be traveling to get the new child? They have expressed anxiety about our being gone for a week and a half when we travel. Thank you in advance for sharing!

I hope you will take a few moments to offer your suggestions by leaving a comment; we learn so much from one another.

I will hold the comments until Tuesday, January 26th, and share them all at once.

Don’t be shy!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. lindaloohoo
    January 25, 2010

    i was kind of wondering the same thing. we have a five year old son adopted from guatemala and are currently considering adopting another child, possibly from ethiopia or hungary. if we go to hungary, we will be taking our son with us, since the time in country is up to eight weeks. but we probably wouldn't take him with us to ethiopia since that is a faster process.

    i'm also wondering how other people have told their kids about beginning the adoption process again. at what point in the process should we start talking to him about it? we are just starting our homestudy, so i'm guessing the social worker will will want to talk to him about it??

    i can't wait to hear what other families have to offer 🙂


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