I Refuse to Adopt My Husband’s Niece — I Want to Start My Own Family

2 months ago

Putting your family before everything else is important, no question about it. But sometimes, we’re stuck in a tough spot where a choice might help one family member but also bring big changes and serious problems to everyone else. Sarah, a Bright Side reader, recently talked about how worried she is because her husband wants to adopt his young niece, even though she really doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

Sometimes you need to be unselfish and put Other's needs Ahead of your Own. Put You in Tammy's Place - how would You like it if Your Own Family - Didn't Want YOU?! You could raise this child - AS Your Own! It'll teach You to be Humble - hopefully caring and loving person too. Idk - Think 🤔 about what kind of future you two could give Her.


Red Flag and pretty selfish of him unless he is going to be the MAIN parent and caretaker~~Some woman would love to take this child no shame in your decision


Hi there, Sarah! We’re glad you reached out to us. Here are some helpful tips we think you’ll appreciate.

Be honest with your husband.

It’s really important to have a calm and honest chat with Greg. Start by expressing your love for him and recognizing his strong sense of responsibility towards his family.

Let him know that your hesitation isn’t about rejecting his family, but rather about your concerns regarding your ability to provide the care Tammy needs. Share your fears about making such a big decision, especially given Tammy’s fragile health.

Investigate co-parenting choices

You might want to consider exploring a co-parenting arrangement with Mandy. This could involve sharing responsibilities for Tammy’s care without fully adopting her into your family.

Discussing boundaries and creating a plan that puts Tammy’s needs first while also respecting your desire to start your own family is crucial. This compromise could help alleviate some of the pressure and the feeling of a collective duty among family members. It allows everyone to contribute to Tammy’s well-being while still maintaining your family dynamic.

Make a financial plan.

Take the time to meticulously plan both financially and emotionally. Delve into the possible repercussions of bringing Tammy into your lives, considering the emotional and financial aspects.

Develop a practical strategy that addresses how you can meet Tammy’s requirements and financially contribute sensibly, all while pursuing your aspirations of starting a family of your own.

Seek help from professionals.

Caring for Tammy, she will be eligible for Medicaid. That will take care of the medical bills. They need to set her up at a childrens hospital. They batch visits, and co ordinate care. Most all doctors at children's hospitals take medicaid.


You might want to consider suggesting couples counseling or family therapy. A therapist can help guide your conversations, offer ways to cope and assist in understanding each other’s perspectives.

This step shows your dedication to finding a solution while ensuring your worries are heard in a supportive setting. It can be a helpful way to navigate this challenging situation together.

We trust that our suggestions may help Sarah in navigating her intricate situation. Furthermore, another Bright Side reader has also reached out for guidance regarding a family-related issue—her choice to decline to babysit her sister’s three children unless compensated. You find her complete story here.

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