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


Arleta James


ABC of Ohio

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Welcome to my website! I’ve built a place of in-depth information about all facets of adoptive family life. I especially want to help adoptive parents experiencing difficulties—post-placement, and I want to assist prospective adoptive families just embarking on their journey. I offer pre-adoptive folks an honest look at the types of issues presented by today’s waiting children—domestic and international. Professionals will find abundant resources to better educate their staff and the families they serve. There is something for each member of the adoption community on this website!
The website includes 4 key areas:

  • Supporting Brothers and Sisters: Creating a Family by Birth, Foster Care and Adoption Video Clips—this video is comprised of five families. Each family is parenting a combination of “typical” children, and adopted children who entered the family with a history of trauma. These parents and kids talk about their expectations, losses, coping strategies and the positive aspects of forming a family by adoption. Make sure to check out the segment spotlighting two of the adoptees. They provide honest insight about what it is like to enter and join an existing family.  
  • My Book: Welcoming a New Brother or Sister through Adoption—this book covers the adoption process one chapter at a time! The book actually looks at each member of the family—parents, brothers, sisters and the adoptee. Throughout the book you’ll find that interspersed with content are stories written by adoptive family members themselves. The accounts of the mothers, fathers, siblings and adoptees make my words come alive. Check out the full book description, table of contents and reviews! Complete your library with a copy today.
  • My Articles—do you need help with troubling behaviors—lying, stealing, peeing, pooping, food issues? Are you seeking ways to help your typical kids cope? Do you need help understanding the trauma your adoptee experienced pre-adoption? Are you working to prepare yourself for the arrival of your new son or daughter? Do you want to stay current with trends within the adoption community? You’ll find short articles on all these topics as well as many other issues! The articles are designed with the busy parent and professional in mind—they are short and to the point!  
  • Resources, resources and more resources! I’ve packed this website with a vast array of books, websites, blogs, videos and Friends! The resources are divided into categories so you can find what you need with ease!

I’ll be adding new information to the site on a regular basis, so please visit frequently!

If you have any questions or want to suggest a topic for me to write about, you can reach me at arletajames@gmail.com or on


Arleta James, PCC



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Adoption is a big step which can change the whole dynamics of the family. It is crucial that parents understand the impact it has when new sibling relationships are forged as the adoptee becomes a part of the family.

Welcoming a New Brother or Sister through Adoption is a comprehensive yet accessible guide that describes the whole range of the adoption process and the effects of adoption on every member of the family — parents, brothers, sisters and the adoptee. It prepares families to have realistic expectations and equips them with knowledge to deal with a host of situations that may arise following the adoption. Questions like,' did we make the right choice by adopting? How is this affecting our typical children? Will our adopted son or daughter heal?' are explored and solutions discussed in detail. All these accompanied with real life cases as examples make it a realistic and insightful resource.

This book is vital reading for adoptive families and professionals who work with them including social workers, counselors and psychologists.

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Arleta James, M.S., P.C.C.

Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio
12608 State Road, Suite 1
Cleveland, OH 44133
440.230.1960 ext. 4

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