At times in intercountry adoption, families may consider adopting two or more children from the same orphanage to raise as siblings. In this section find information on sibling issues in intercountry adoption including "artificial twinning," meaning adopting two children of very similar ages who are not biological siblings.
Post Adoption Information
Describes the process of adopting two children at the same time who are less than 9 months apart in age and biologically unrelated.
Biological Siblings of Adopted Children
Identifies potential problems for siblings of adopted children.
The Effects of Adoptive Family Composition on Outcomes for Children (PDF - 84 KB)
Intercountry Adoption Services, Social Development Canada
Summarizes research on the effects and outcomes of adopting two children at once, artificial twinning, sibling adoption, and blending adopted and biological children.
Same Families/Different Stories
Presents ways parents can help to influence sibling relationships in a positive direction, such as promoting individual strengths, giving a child individual attention, avoiding comparisons, and more.
Siblings and Adoption
Adoptive Families Magazine
Offers selected resources from the magazine's archives on creating strong sibling relationships, including books for children.
Sibling Attachment (PDF - 336 KB)
PACT, An Adoption Alliance
Explores sibling relationships in adoption-expanded families and ways parents can help enhance an inclusive sense of family.
Top Ten Tips for Blending Children by Birth and Adoption
Creating a Family
Provides practical advice on what to expect and how to foster family connections between children who become siblings by birth and adoption.