Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sibling Group Adoption... (International or not)

With everything that I`ve read I have to say that at some point I would love to adopt a sibling group.  Not just a small one but an insanely big one.  I am talking 5-7 kids, they are out there, and though I will give a cautionary warning that though adoption isn`t for the faint of heart, and adopting a sibling group would offer its own unique challenges.  It is on my life list of things I would like to do.

Despite our intial plan of adopting a pair of siblings, and reading up on R.A.D. (Reactive Attachment Disorder) we switched to adopt a single girl.  I don't regret this decision as it is not just myself that is involved.  However, I do tend to view this adoption more as getting "the feet wet before jumping into the lake" experience.  

With all my heart I want to open my home and my life to a large sibling group, and I hope that, that one day, will come soon enough. 

If you do wish to adopt a sibling group, take lots of time with the children before you make your final decision and be informed.  Some siblings groups have issues with jealousy, and view their siblings as threats rather then friends.  Living in different homes/orphanages can compound these views. 

Adopting a teenager can be a wonderful thing, don't be threatened if they take on the role of parent.  Work with them on it, they've been parenting their siblings for years, and that isn't easy to reliquish. 

On a final note, Life can royally suck. It kicks, bites, and even spews septic gunk at you.  But sometimes, just sometimes there is a soft bed, a kind word or even a smile that shows someone noticed you.  I want to give that to feeling of worth to others who have been through the worst of life.  And if the Fates be willing I will do so, again, and again, and again, and again.

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