Stepfamilies, Patchworkfamilies

Stepfamilies, Patchworkfamilies

The members of a step or patchwork family may not have the same name or share blood relations, but they are a family. Stepfamilies are becoming more popular and common, although they can be quite complexe. It takes time for all members to find their place in the extended family and create a bond with everyone. Even if there are different types of stepfamilies, they all have one thing in common: It is the adults’ decision whether or not a family lives together or separates. The children have no choice but to go along and get used to the new stepparent, brothers and sisters. This may mean taking on a new position among more children, fewer privileges and new responsibilities. The new partner also has to learn to assume a new role, even if he or she is still in conflict with the ex-partner.

Switzerland

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Aargau

Addresses and links

  • Marriage and relationship counselling in the Canton of Aargau is offered by Eheberatung Aargau: www.eheberatung-aargau.ch
  • Ecumenical couple conselling for the districts of Brugg, Laufen und Rheinfelden: www.oekberatung.ch

Basel-Landschaft

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Basel-Stadt

Addresses and links

  • Family-, couple- and parenting counselling is offered by fabe (Familien-, Paar- und Erziehungsberatung): www.fabe.ch

Solothurn

Addresses and links

  • The "Fachstelle für Beziehungsfragen" also offers family and couples counselling: www.velso.ch

Book Recommendations

„Aus Stiefeltern werden Bonuseltern: Chancen und Herausforderungen für die Patchworkfamilie“

by Jesper Juul and Knut Krüger, Beltz Verlag, 2015.

„Wie Patchworkfamilien funktionieren - Das müssen Eltern und ihre neuen Partner über ihre Rechte und Pflichten wissen“

by Cornelia Döbbeli, Beobachter Edition, 2013.