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Karen - posted on 12/16/2008
Hi there. My husband and I adopted our twin boys that are also my 3rd or 4th cousins. To date, we haven't had any real concerns with the in-family adoption and have been readily accepted by all members of the birth mother's family. The only stress that we have had was during a visit two years ago with the birth mom and her oldest son (who was 8). This little fellow kept on referring to our sons as his brother as well as, to the birth mom as their mother. He was so confused. We have yet to attend family reunions or other large gatherings to see if the adoption of our boys will be the "highlight" .
I think that we were blessed with this adoption as we are aware of the medical history, family traits ect. We are on a waiting list with our provice to re-adopt and we are nervous about adopting a stranger.
One of our closest family friends had her son adotped to her brother and now that he is grown, they are the best of friends.
What concerns are worried about?
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