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11/11/2015 01:07 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2015

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
    "We adopted both of our sweet boys this year. They are all each other have ever known, and are the definition of brothers in
    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
    "There couldn't possibly be more love here!"
    Jennifer Waldschmitt Hubbard
    "There couldn't possibly be more love here!"
  • 3
    "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 f
    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
    "Mackenzie and Addison, 2 years and 18 months."
    Heather Tomlinson
    "Mackenzie and Addison, 2 years and 18 months."
  • 5
    "Love these two together! They have such an amazing bond."
    Holly Kortright
    "Love these two together! They have such an amazing bond."
  • 6
    "One of these boys is adopted, the other has a single mother. They are cousins but think they are brothers and that's all tha
    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
    "Two of the three are adopted."
    Bonnie Robertson
    "Two of the three are adopted."
  • 8
    "My Loves. Both adopted from very different circumstances.They fight like real siblings and love like real siblings, they hav
    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
    "Gabriel, age 6 and Eli, age 1. Both of my heart, one of my womb."
    Joanna Metelitsa
    "Gabriel, age 6 and Eli, age 1. Both of my heart, one of my womb."
  • 11
    "Their love for each other as sisters is as 'real' as it gets! Once when someone asked us if they were real sisters, my oldes
    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
    "My two kids, brother and sister in every way. I brought my son home from the hospital as a foster parent. His sister is
    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
    "Our children (ages 16 years and 10 months) have an amazing sibling bond. One I gave birth to and one we fostered and then ad
    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
    "Six weeks apart."
    Kathleen Curley Prescott
    "Six weeks apart."
  • 17
    "Real sisters!"
    Andrea Grimm
    "Real sisters!"
  • 18
    Jennifer Brown Hills
  • 19
    "All three of mine are adopted but they're thicker than thieves together and love each other fiercely! The will pick on each
    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
    "Our biological son, Gage, and foster son, Daniel."
    Danielle Dedmon
    "Our biological son, Gage, and foster son, Daniel."
  • 21
    Marlene Gaines
  • 22
    "Real siblings!"
    Carri Ratazzi
    "Real siblings!"
  • 23
    "Adoption, it's about love. So very much love!"
    Kara Peterson
    "Adoption, it's about love. So very much love!"
  • 24
    "Both were adopted, both are beautiful, and both are loved!"
    Kelly James-Enger
    "Both were adopted, both are beautiful, and both are loved!"
  • 25
    "Two out of three were adopted."
    Melissa Walker
    "Two out of three were adopted."
  • 26
    "These three are beautiful to watch together."
    Kendra Richgels
    "These three are beautiful to watch together."
  • 27
    Mindy Booker
  • 28
    "My three loves."
    Keely Whittington
    "My three loves."
  • 29
    "Six months and newborn, and now 2 years and 18 months old."
    Heather Tomlinson
    "Six months and newborn, and now 2 years and 18 months old."
  • 30
    Jennifer Brown Hills

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