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Grandmother shares challenges and joys of adoption

There are many ways that a family can be formed. While the majority of California families are likely comprised of parents and their biological children, there are many families who have formed their families by way of adoption. One grandmother has written a book for children that tells the story of one child's adoption.

According to this woman, bringing a child into a family in this manner comes with a different set of questions. There is speculation into how the child will assimilate into the family and whether he or she will be able to blend successfully with the existing family dynamics. Because the child is usually adopted sometime after birth and may even be coming from a different culture altogether, there are concerns as to how both the adoptee and any other family members will adjust to one another. In many instances, new family members may wonder how quickly an adopted child will assert his or her personality.

However, as this grandmother attested, many of these concerns fade over time as the family grows together. Even in circumstances where a child may need assistance in adjusting to his or her new family, most problems can be overcome in time. In this particular situation, the newly adopted girl joined a family that already had one daughter who was seven years older; however, both girls learned to think each other as simply sisters and not adopted siblings.

In many situations, prospective parents may face many steps in the process of bringing a child into their home through adoption. However, the rewards outweigh the challenges that both parties may face in the beginning. There are likely many California families who are considering opening their hearts to children who are awaiting homes of their own. An experienced family law professional would be able to provide the knowledge and guidance necessary in order to make the process as streamlined as possible.

Source:, "As I See It: Grandmother, author on making adoption work", Margot Horwitz, Aug. 16, 2017

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