bonus child

bonus child

An alternative to the title "step-child," which is a child of a step-parent who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, the step-parent is the second spouse of one of the child's biological parents. My bonus children come to visit their father and me every other weekend.
See also: bonus, child
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"God is so good in giving us 14 wonderful, natural children, plus a bonus child. When our seventh child was 17 months old, we were privileged to adopt a special needs baby boy who is biracial and has cerebral palsy.