Congratulations to our newest adoptive family. Sometimes blessings fall from the sky!
Here at the Adoption Law Firm, we hear a lot of concern about introducing an adopted child to their new siblings. Here are the practices we have found most helpful:
- 1. Involve them in the process as early as possible.
While it may not be a great idea to inform your child too early in the process, for fear of adoption not working out, involving your child early on can help them have to time to prepare to be a big brother or sister. Have them talk about the new child regularly to warm them up to the idea.
2. Have your children pray for their new sibling.
This one may seem obvious, but the power of prayer can never be understated. During prayer time, let your child say their own prayer for their new sibling. Praying for their future brother or sister will build their excitement to welcome them into the family. It will also help to show important this new child is to the family.
3. Involve your children in home preparation for the new child.
Let your others kids help set up a nursery or bedroom. Let them help pick out toys or books and give their input into what they think their new little brother or sister would like to play with. Involving your kids in little things throughout the process will help them get used to the idea that another little person is coming to join the family.
4. Read a bible story, book or watch a movie about adoption.
Teach your child about the story of Moses, Esther, or even our adoption into God’s family and relate that to how you are adopting a child into your family. There are also many secular books that have been written specifically to help introduce a new child to your family.
What has worked for your family when introducing a new sibling through adoption?
Article by Haley Horn.
Photo courtesy of: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rotivsantos/16593055798/in/photolist-rhgKoW-8ngmhc-dAvJRe-qpnr5v-SnwS7P-k2d1Mx-UFpdmx-UMYqCu-rm4bDS-UtSsHH-qLTJNV-chzji1-8njuTJ-9kLZri-8njs3m-8nju83-4urrgV-rNZZGk-dABduE-6t8oYV-8ngnEH-U7YBgZ-o6T4Q6-p72aAR-4urr74-riRyPy-g8N6He-4uvtSE-dAvJGk-6NrBPz-rcBWy7-85Eto6-oqyACz-rSaSYp-rxozN1-s9ySPB-4uvu2N-TvHNV5-s9tG87-p6hucd-s9ySj8-rRbbii-4urr2V-6MbmxG-rSUTyW-6FGUiu-rT42kx-rdv9ry-s9BWsg-U8FceS
Thanks to our awesome Jefferson County Probate Judge, Sherri Friday, for helping this great family see their adoption dreams come true.
In case you’re wondering … she’s the one in the middle, playing with the baby like a sweet grandma … but not that old.
A long adoption journey recently came to an end for this lovely family. From another lens, their journey is just beginning!
The Adoption Law Firm is Back in Full Swing!
After a hiatus of full-time work with one of the country’s top orphan-care groups, Sam McLure has resumed is focus on advocating for abused and vulnerable children with The Adoption Law Firm.
The McLure’s recently moved to the Birmingham-metro area. They love their neighborhood, church family, and the Birmingham community.
This Monday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lifeline will be presenting a webinar entitled “Entering Into Suffering: A Look at Suffering With and on Behalf of Children.”
Here is a description of this webinar from Lifeline’s event page:
During this webinar, Whitney White will discuss Biblical principles about suffering and how these Biblical truths relate to our calling to care for orphans and vulnerable children. We will explore what “entering into suffering” oftentimes looks like in the world of adoption and foster care. Although it may be one of the greatest challenges of a person’s life, entering into suffering with children and on behalf of children who have experienced tremendous amounts of pain can be an incredible God glorifying act of obedience. Join this webinar to hear how God uses the act of suffering for the sake of someone else to bring about healing and transformation in the lives of His people and children.
Together for Adoption is partnering with Northland Camp & Conference Center this year for a family retreat with an adoption focus. The goal of this conference, which will be held June 22-27, is to provide adoptive families with refreshment and encouragement.
Sign up here, and enter the code “T4A” for a 15% registration discount!
Adoption is one way that Christians have tried to be faithful to their duty of caring for orphans, and it is a practice that reflects how God has embraced and adopted Christians through faith in Christ (Rom 8:15 and Gal 4:5). Adoption is a wonderful thing, and yet families who have adopted also face unique challenges. At Northland’s new Adoption-Focused Family Retreat, such families will be encouraged by two speakers who themselves live with the joys and challenges of adoption. It is our desire for this retreat to be a time of renewal and refreshment through spending time in God’s Word, getting questions answered, fellowshipping with families in similar situations, and joining together in Christ-centered worship.In addition to teaching for the whole family, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take part in our many activities. Whether you’ve already adopted, are in the midst of the process, or are simply considering adoption, this Family Retreat is for you!