Growing up with Biological and Adopted Siblings

Heidi's family grew even more by welcoming in her siblings’ birth family.

Denalee Chapman April 09, 2015

Life was normal for Heidi and her siblings. Heidi is child number two—less than a year younger than her adopted sister. The two loved being so close in age, and the rest of the family enjoyed their closeness, too.

At one point, Heidi’s parents adopted Korean brothers. It was a bit tougher for them, being adopted as older children, but eventually Heidi’s brothers were reunited with their birth sisters and birth mother. Heidi talks about that experience and how it felt.

There are a variety of feelings that siblings of adopted children have when they reunite with their birth families. For Heidi and her family, they felt inclusive and blessed—as if their family grew even more by welcoming in her siblings’ birth family.

author image

Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


Want to contact an adoption professional?

Love this? Want more?

Claim Your FREE Adoption Summit Ticket!


The #1 adoption website is hosting the largest, FREE virtual adoption summit. Come listen to 50+ adoption experts share their knowledge and insights.

Members of the adoption community are invited to watch the virtual summit for FREE on September 23-27, 2019, or for a small fee, you can purchase an All-Access Pass to get access to the summit videos for 12 months along with a variety of other benefits.

Get Your Free Ticket


Host: ws02.elevati.net