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Until you are comfortable, and sure about your child’s behavior, watch them around family pets. Older adopted children can harbor feelings of anger and are at a loss as to how to release it. It is also wise to watch family pets around the newest member of the family. Your pet will be interested in learning about this unfamiliar new family member, even seem jealous of him, and may act in a way that seems out of character. Some pets may even be nurturing of a new baby and try to snuggle up to him, accidentally injuring or smothering him in the process. Use caution, and keep your eyes open, soon enough your child and pet will become good friends.