It's a concept that we may not think a lot about when we first decide to adopt a child, but whenever someone joins our family, our entire extended family is impacted as well. This is true no matter if you are choosing an international adoption, a domestic adoption, or a foster care adoption. Some family members may be excited about the idea of adopting, while others may have some negative comments.
Have you found the negative responses to be more generational or cultural? For us, it was generational. Those with concerns seemed to be concerned with how foster care and adoption would impact our daughter.
If you are in the process of adopting a child, have you discussed your adoption plans with your extended family members and friends? If not, why not? If you have, did it go well? If your family has fully embraced your child, please share your story.
Introducing an Adopted or Foster Child to Your Family
The Wonderful Ways Our Family Has Embraced Our Adopted Child
Adoption and Grandparents How One Grandma Tries to Create a Connection - I asked my mother-in-law to write a short article about her feelings as the grandmother of adopted, older children.