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35 Photos Of Adopted Siblings That Show Family Is About Love, Not DNA

Many parents who have adopted find that people sometimes ask, "Are your kids real siblings?" In honor of Adoption Awareness Month, we asked the adoptive parents of the HuffPost Parents Facebook community for photos of their children that show the sibling bond is about love, not DNA.

Here are 35 beautiful, love-filled photos.

1
Katie Mahfouz
"We adopted both of our sweet boys this year. They are all each other have ever known, and are the definition of brothers in every sense of the word."
2
Jennifer Waldschmitt Hubbard
"There couldn't possibly be more love here!"
3
Mimi Folkson
"They make us cry with how sweet and loving they are to each other. 'Don't worry mom, I'll protect him,' my eldest said the first time they shared their bedroom. And the little one follows and copies the older one as if the sun rises and sets on him."
4
Heather Tomlinson
"Mackenzie and Addison, 2 years and 18 months."
5
Holly Kortright
"Love these two together! They have such an amazing bond."
6
Heather Rubley Drouin
"One of these boys is adopted, the other has a single mother. They are cousins but think they are brothers and that's all that matters."
7
Bonnie Robertson
"Two of the three are adopted."
8
Jessica Hogate Ward
"My Loves. Both adopted from very different circumstances.They fight like real siblings and love like real siblings, they have made us a family!"
9
Rebbecca McCauley-Howell
10
Joanna Metelitsa
"Gabriel, age 6 and Eli, age 1. Both of my heart, one of my womb."
11
Judy Poag
"Their love for each other as sisters is as 'real' as it gets! Once when someone asked us if they were real sisters, my oldest touched my youngest and said, 'She looks pretty real to me. Nothing imaginary about her.'"
12
Cherish Toal
"My two kids, brother and sister in every way. I brought my son home from the hospital as a foster parent. His sister is my 'biological daughter' but they are siblings in every way!"
13
Jennifer Phillips
14
Holly Riggs
15
Melissa Brinkman Rosado
"Our children (ages 16 years and 10 months) have an amazing sibling bond. One I gave birth to and one we fostered and then adopted (exactly a year after our first foster/adopt training class) as an infant."
16
Kathleen Curley Prescott
"Six weeks apart."
17
Andrea Grimm
"Real sisters!"
18
Jennifer Brown Hills
19
Heather Cox Rosenberg
"All three of mine are adopted but they're thicker than thieves together and love each other fiercely! The will pick on each other, but will also pulverize anyone else who tries to pick on their brother or sister!"
20
Danielle Dedmon
"Our biological son, Gage, and foster son, Daniel."
21
Marlene Gaines
22
Carri Ratazzi
"Real siblings!"
23
Kara Peterson
"Adoption, it's about love. So very much love!"
24
Kelly James-Enger
"Both were adopted, both are beautiful, and both are loved!"
25
Melissa Walker
"Two out of three were adopted."
26
Kendra Richgels
"These three are beautiful to watch together."
27
Mindy Booker
28
Keely Whittington
"My three loves."
29
Heather Tomlinson
"Six months and newborn, and now 2 years and 18 months old."
30
Jennifer Brown Hills
31
Holly Ann Paison Combs
"Garret, 16, and Jonathan, 8. Garret just found out he had Leukemia shortly after this pic. Jonathan tries to help him smile.
32
Wendy Hoover Benson
"One isn't adopted, but they're inseparable."
33
Hannah Seibert Hunt
"Our Ethiopian daughter holding her new baby sister."
34
Danyalle Campbell
35
Allison Reed Thomas

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