Many of the people who chose to adopt do so because they cannot have biological children. However, Florida individuals and couples who already have children may also choose to adopt. There are some unique benefits and challenges that exist when people create a blended family of biological and adopted children. Adequately preparing children for the arrival of an adopted sibling may help make the process smoother for everyone involved.

Some potential adoptive parents and children worry about affection levels. In a blended family, there could be problems if children feel that their parents love their siblings more. Many individuals may wonder if parents favor their biological children over their adopted children. However, research described in Science Magazine may help put those fears to rest. In a study of 135 pairs of children, including sets of biological and adopted children, most parents did not favor their biological children over their adopted ones.

The nonprofit Creating a Family provides numerous resources for adoptive parents, including helpful tips for families that include biological and adopted children. According to the organization, it is important to get as much information as possible about the adopted child’s history and to share appropriate details with biological children. This may help them understand more about their new sibling. Additionally, parents may want to explain to their children some of the reasons behind the decision to adopt. They may also want to prepare children to appropriately answer questions, especially if the adopted child is of a different race.

In some cases, it may be possible for families to spend time with the adoptive child before the paperwork becomes official. Maximizing this time may help biological children feel more comfortable when the new sibling moves into the home. The main key to developing a loving and healthy blended family is treating all children fairly and meeting their unique needs.