Author Archives: Kathleen Silber

Mother and daughter talking about adoption

Questions About Being “Given Up”

Our seven-year-old daughter knows her adoption story, but, lately, she's been asking a lot of questions about why she was 'given up.'

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Setting boundaries in open adoption may be awkward, but it is necessary

Setting Boundaries in Open Adoption

In an open adoption, your child's birth parents become part of your extended family. Here are some common questions when it comes to managing those relationships.

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What to Share in the Holiday Letter to Birth Family

It's normal to think about your child's birth family during the holidays. What should you share in a holiday letter?

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Navigating the hospital adoption experience

How Should New Parents Navigate the Hospital Experience?

Our open adoption expert explains how prospective adoptive parents can best navigate the emotional time spent at the hospital with the birth mother before bringing their new child home.

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Understanding contact with birth parents after adoption

Visiting with Birth Parents

When we adopted our son three years ago, our relationship with his birth mother was semi-open (letters, phone calls). Since then it has grown more open, and we're discussing a visit. Any advice?

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A mother explaining bad news about a birth parent to her child

Explaining Troubling Birth Parent News

Tough topics can range from discontinued contact to a slip back into drug habits to unexpected medical problems.

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Daughter learning about different levels of birth mother contact from sibling's birth mother

Explaining Different Levels of Birth Mother Contact to Kids

We know very little about our nine-year-old's birth mom, but her younger brother talks to his. How can we help her?

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