#AdoptionTalk: Are they twins?

Our Twins
Did you know that there’s a term for “artificial twins” created by adoption?


There are lots of interpretations of the term, but in adoption circles, it typically refers to two (or more) siblings who are less than a year apart in age.

I belong to a Twiblings group on Facebook, but we don’t call our boys Twiblings.  They’re twins – just not biological. Seriously. The blonde is less than 7 hours older than the brunette. And they were born in the same hospital. And we get to keep both of them forever.

These two boys were meant to be brothers. Spend 5 minutes with them, and you’ll know it, too. If you need more proof, you can read the sequence of far-too-many-to-be-coincidence events that aligned and blessed us with two happy, boisterous, affectionate, spirited, funny, exasperating beautiful boys here and here.

When I wrote those posts, in November 2013, I was pretty confident that we would be finalizing their adoptions very soon.

But, foster care.

No take-backsSquish was freed for adoption on Thanksgiving Day, but we didn’t actually finalize his adoption until March 2014. In between, we spent months on pins and needles waiting to see whether his paternal grandmother’s homestudy would be approved so we could move onto the adoption selection committee. The expedited ICPC (out-of-state homestudy) was requested in July 2013 and case management could never get a straight answer about the holdup. In January 2014, our CM heard from the ICPC CM that the homestudy was going to be denied. But we couldn’t move forward until we got the official paperwork. Which didn’t show up until mid-February. I really, truly didn’t let myself believe that it was actually happening until the judge signed the paperwork.

One down, one to go. But the road to Squirm’s adoption was even more treacherous and unpredictable. But that’s all the time to have for today. 😉 Come back on February 5th for the Rest of the Story. (spoiler alert: it’s a happy ending)

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  1. Lori Lavender Luz

    I hadn’t heard the term “twiblings” but it’s very clever and appropriate!

    And yours are adorable.

    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thank you! We think they’re pretty special!

  2. Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

    7 hours apart! Wow! How old were they when the second one entered your family? Neat story!
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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thanks for reading!

      Well… we got Squish initially at 11 weeks. Then he was reunified with his birth dad when he was 7 months old. 2 weeks later, Squirm landed (1 week short of 8 months). Then Squish came back when the boys were 11 months. They will be 3 years old in May.

  3. Mama Bear

    They both have the same twinkle in their eyes. What an adorable handful you have! I love a good cliff-hanger, can’t wait for part 2!

    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      Thank you!

  4. The Beautiful Opportunity

    Did your adoption agency / foster care agency give you any problems about having kids the same age? Our agency wouldn’t allow us to have children the same age as they felt creating “twiblings” was somehow a bad idea. I never understood why. Any insight?
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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      I never knew that “artificial twins” were considered taboo until after we had our boys. Everyone has just thought it’s adorable.

      I think the warnings against it are along the lines of not adopting out of birth order – it’s not the end of the world, but it can create additional issues. And I think it might be a bigger issue if the boys had been older when they became brothers, but they have never really known any different.

      Of course, just like parents of natural twins, we have to be careful to make sure they are encouraged to be individuals and not see themselves as a set, blah, blah, blah…

  5. Jill

    Wow, we have a lot in common. My boys are 4 months apart. I’m conflicted on the twin question. For all intents an purposes they are but I feel kind of weird about passing them off as twins. Sometimes, I tell casual askers they are just because I don’t like telling my story in line at Target but I wonder if I’m making the right decision.
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    1. Jamie Nestrick (Post author)

      I thought the same thing when I read your story, I just haven’t had a chance to comment. 🙂

      You would think that it’s obvious that my boys aren’t biologically related, but we get sooo many people that ask if they’re twins… I used to just say yes and keep moving, but I found that I would feel guilty when someone believed me…

      Now we say, “Yep, just not biologically. :-)” Then we usually follow up with the facts that they’re both adopted and have the exact same birthday.

      Maybe you could say, “not quite :-)”


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