Connecting adult replacement children and therapeutic practitioners with in-depth information and resources to better understand the implications and long-term influence of this psychological condition.

Important Update will not be updating our content any longer. We are proud to have developed the website as a resource for those who identify as replacement children, to provide information and community.

Kristina Schellinski has co-founded a new network, offering skills and solutions for clinicians to diagnose and heal replacement children and counsel bereaved families. See contact information below. 

You may contact the three founders of the Forum on their individual websites and/or email addresses listed below.


Visit Judy Mandel’s web site at:
or write to her at:

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Visit Rita Battat’s web site at:
or write to her at:

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Kristina Schellinski has co-founded a new network at, offering skills and solutions for clinicians. Write to her at:

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Are You A Replacement Child?

We often don’t realize that a circumstance of our childhood or birth can have an indelible effect on our later lives. When we look at our lives and wonder why we react in certain ways, or follow patterns that may not be beneficial to us, there may be underlying reasons that we can address.

It’s important to note that many replacement children have flourished in art, music, literature, dramatic arts and psychology (link to famous replacement children). Awareness on the deepest level of who we are, as a unique individual, can lead to healing and enhancement of our lives.

Do you identify with any of these issues associated with the replacement child condition:

  • Relationship issues
  • Ill-at-ease in life 
  • Low self-esteem
  • Not good enough
  • Not seen or heard
  • Rejection
  • Existential anxiety
  • Grief
  • Survivor’s guilt
  • In another’s shadow

Do any of these circumstances of your life apply:

  • Born after the death of a sibling
  • Adopted
  • Missing a twin  
  • Born after a miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Have a sibling who is challenged mentally or physically
  • Had a sibling who died or disappeared as a child

The replacement child trauma is a legitimate condition worthy of your attention.

What Do All These People Have In Common?

Find the answer here.

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