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Should step son meet his half-sib?

Posted by Barbara F. Meltz September 11, 2012 06:00 AM

Hi, we have just been contacted by my stepson's half brother's father. My ss's brother is still an infant. We are conflicted because he and his partner want the two children to meet. The father of ss's brother is still in contact with the Bio Mother and that situation is very volatile at best. We don't trust the father's motives. Would introducing the children be wise? What ill effects can this have on the children?

From: Tilly, Australia

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