Welcoming a New
Brother or Sister through Adoption:
From Navigating New Relationships to Loving Families



Arleta James


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Resources: Adoption Disruption and Dissolution


Brodzinsky, David and Jesus Palacious, Eds. Psychological Issues in Adoption. (New York: Praeger Publishers, 2005.)

Fahlberg, Vera. .A Child’s Journey through Placement. (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, Inc., 1994.) (Among much more, this book includes the material in the widely cited, but long out of print, 1979 booklet by Dr. Fahlberg titled, Helping Children When They Must Move.)

Gray, Deborah D. Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Trauma and Neglect. (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, Inc., 2008.)

James, Arleta. Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships when New Kids Join the Family. (Indianapolis: Perspectives Press, Inc. 2009.)

Keck Gregory C. and Regina M. Kupecky. Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1995.)

McRoy, Ruth. Special Needs Adoption: Practice Issues. (New York: Garland Publishing, 1999.)

Smith, Susan and Jeanne Howard. Promoting Successful Adoptions: Practice with Troubled Families. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999.)


Ashe, Nancy. “What to Do When Your Adoption Is Failing.” Adoption.com. online at http://library.adoption.com/Failed-Placement/What-to-do-When-Your-Adoption-is-Failing-A-Parents-Guide-to-Adoption-Disruption-Dissolution/article/5178/1.html

Child Welfare Information Gateway. “Adoption Disruption and Dissolution: Numbers and Trends.” (2004.) Online at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/s_disrup.cfm

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. “Report to Congress on Adoption and Other Permanency Outcomes for Children in Foster Care: Focus on Older Children.

Evan B. Donaldson Institute. “Adoptive Parent Preparation Project Phase I: Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs of Adopted Children.” (2008.)
Fahlberg, Vera. “Post-Adoption Services.”

Friedman, Dawn. “The Myth of the Forever Family: When Adoption Falls Apart.”

McRoy, Ruth. “Barriers & Success Factors in Adoptions from Foster Care: Perspectives of Family and Staff.” AdoptUsKids
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Riggs, Diane. “Plan, Prepare, and Support to Prevent Disruptions.”

Riggs, Diane and Mary Boo. “Disruption Support is Critical.”

Riggs, Diane and Joe Kroll. “Families Need the Whole Truth.”

Seelye, Katharine Q. “Specialists Report Rise in Adoptions that Fail.” New York Times. 3/24/1998. Online at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A03E3DF1038F937A15750C0A96E958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Siskeski, Janice. “Adoption Disruption: When Love Isn’t Enough.” Rainbowkids.com 2/1/2007. Online at http://www.rainbowkids.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=456

Sturgeon, Virginia. “Thoughtful Visitation Practices Prevent Disruption.”

Williams, Wendy and Pat Johnston, “Losing a Sibling: Helping Your Child Cope with an Adoption Reversal.”


Adoption Policy Resource Center
This website is a service of Adoption Subsidy Advocates. It covers the guidelines necessary to negotiate a subsidy agreement for those families adopting from the child welfare system. In addition, families may obtain consultation regarding subsidy matters. The website is operated by Tim O’Hanlon. Subsidy may play a crucial role in funding for out-of-home treatment. Families want to know their entitlements and rights in cases involving displacement and dissolution.

Ranch for Kids
The "Ranch For Kids Project" is a registered nonprofit corporation in the States of Wyoming, Montana and Maryland with 501(c)(3) status. This project has established a Christian home for "at risk" Russian and other adoptees who may be experiencing difficulties in their new families in the U.S. This program was developed through joint cooperation with agencies and child welfare organizations where troubled children adopted from Russia and other countries could come for respite care and/or referral to licensed agencies for placement into a new adoptive home.



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