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Lost and found: half sibling edition

I found out that I have a half brother five years ago. I got curious, then thanks to the internet, I was able to locate him a year ago. We (mom included) have been in touch, and he wants to be a part of our family, which I love as I am an only child raised by a single mom. The catch: He has problems with addiction, the law, and being employed. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jul 3, 2014 - 32 answers

Found my grandfather's birth family. Now what?

In the process of helping post my late grandfather's digitized papers online, I found his adoption paperwork (he made no secret of being adopted, but didn't talk about it much). It gave enough information that I was able to find that my grandfather had a brother, who apparently is still alive. I'm not sure what to do next; it's good to know there's more family out there (my father has few living relatives), but I'm not sure how happy others in my family will be with the reality, and the same may go for my grandfather's newly-discovered relatives. Advice would be helpful; details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Wedding gift for the adult sister I'm just getting to know

At age 43, I found my birth family. (Original post. MeTa.) In addition to my birth mother and many other relatives, I've gained an adult sister. I'm now 44 and she's 29. We're slowly getting to know each other. My birth mother informed me the day we met last June that I'd be going to my sister's (up until then her only daughter, as far as the world knew) wedding in Key West in March. I was so thrilled by the whirlwind of everything, and I wanted to keep the hoopla surrounding my integration into the family as minimally disruptive to her planning the big event, that I've kind of forgotten something important until now: What on earth should I get her as a wedding present? [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jan 17, 2014 - 28 answers

When to tell him he's not my biological child?

My wife and I have a 3 year old, which for the sake of anonymity we will call John. He is the joy of my life, but biologically speaking, not mine. I am wondering if we should tell him, if so, how, and at what age we should tell him? Any Mefites who have experience either adopting or being adopted who have helpful input on this, it would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2013 - 32 answers

How Can Living in a Multiracial Household Affect an Adopted Child

I am of one race/ethnicity; my partner is of another. No kids. How will adopting a child from a third background impact him/her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Life choices are hard.

I have one daughter, she is 5.5. We always planned on having 3 children, but spacing turned into fertility issues turned into daughter will likely be 8 by the time we actually manage to have another offspring. Help me figure out the various pros/cons of having 2 more kids v. having 1 more kid/adopting a school age kid/ having 1 more kid/ leaving well enough alone. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Oct 15, 2012 - 33 answers

Adopting a baby. We want to. Who should we work with?

Adopting a baby. We want to. Who should we work with? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Do I have to choose between my son, or, my dad & stepmom?

My father and stepmother have rejected my son, after I placed him in an Open Adoption following his birth earlier this year. How do I deal with important family events where both parties would be welcome and invited? Snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by erasorhed on Aug 6, 2012 - 21 answers

What's in a name that which we call a rose?

Would an adopted child take on both parents surnames in the case of same-sex parents? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on May 27, 2012 - 31 answers

My mother just wants to see her father's face.

My mother never met her birth father; in fact, she's never even seen a picture of him. She really wants to get a photo of him. How can I make this happen? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 - 10 answers

how to become my sisters sister again

seeing 10 year old sister for first time in over 4 years, help me figure out what to say/how to act! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 - 17 answers

It's A Girl! And Another! And Another!

Gift-filter: My cousin and his wife just adopted THREE little girls! YAY! [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jul 22, 2010 - 24 answers

I need a kind soul in South Korea to find school records of a woman born in 1937

I need a kind soul in South Korea to find school records of a woman born in 1937, to help us begin our search for the birth family of our adopted cousin. [more inside]
posted by cda on Sep 30, 2009 - 16 answers

Interrupting an adoption?

My parents want to give up the teenager they adopted a few years ago. Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 - 23 answers

A gift for a new member of the family?

A gift for a new member of the family? [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly on Feb 2, 2008 - 5 answers

How did you and your partner come to the decision to adopt?

How did you and your partner reach the decision to adopt (or not to adopt, as the case may be)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Adoption and foster parenting

What can you tell me about your experiences giving/raising/being an adopted child? [more inside]
posted by nelleish on Mar 16, 2005 - 13 answers

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