Author Archives: Kathleen Silber

Visits with birth parents may change in frequency over the years

Birth Parent Relationship Changes in the Teen Years

"We have a semi-open relationship with our 14-year-old son's birth mother. Recently, he asked if we could invite her for a weekend. I trust his birth mom, but I'm worried."

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Feeling Guilt Over the Birth Mom’s Grief

"Many parents feel guilty because their joy is the direct result of a difficult decision by the birth mother — someone you may have grown to care about. So when a new adoptive mother sees the birth mother in intense pain, she asks herself, 'Was adoption really the right thing to do?'"

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new mother talking to her father about open adoption as the new grandparents admire newborn baby

Helping Family Understand Open Adoption

Your family — especially older relatives — may not get why you are choosing an open adoption. Adoption expert Kathleen Silber gives advice on what to say.

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helping children explain open adoption to their peers

“I Have a Birth Mom, Too” – How Children Can Explain Open Adoption to Friends

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Communicating bad news to the birth family can be difficult

Breaking Bad News: “I Have Something to Tell You”

How do you break bad news about job loss, illness, or divorce to the birth parents in an open adoption relationship?

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Ask AF: Birth Family Request for a Closed Adoption

Our child's birth family does not want any contact with our family. How can we explain this to our son?

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