Birth Parent Voices

brothers and sisters benefit from knowing about and seeing their birth siblings after adoption

Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds.

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How do birth parents feel about adoption? Represented by a pregnant woman reading a book

The Birth Parent Perspective: Stats and Chart

A study, the Early Growth and Development Study, is shedding light on open adoption attitudes and outcomes. Here are some basic findings, as well as AF poll results on families' open adoption experiences.

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a birth mother attends her son's second birthday party and finds she feels accepted by his family

“Finding My Place in the Family”

Though society doesn’t know what to do with birth mothers, I knew I had a place with my son’s parents. At his second birthday party, I learned that I had a place with their family, too.

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Growing to Love Grace's Birth Mom

“A Birthday Gift for Grace”

It wasn't until my daughter's first birthday that it hit me: I was grieving her birth mom's loss. With that realization, I was able to celebrate as she would have wanted.

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Our guide to giving holiday gifts that maintain a birth parent connection.

“Gifts to and from My Child’s Adoptive Family”

In an open adoption, what do you give to the person who means everything to you? Thoughts from a birth mom about the gifts that mean the most.

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One birth mother describes making an adoption plan for her child.

“The Day I Gave My Heart Away”

A birth mother shares her feelings and thoughts about making an adoption plan for her child.

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Letters to birth parents can evoke many emotions

“Letters of Love”

Sometimes I read the warm, loving letters my birth daughter's parents send and feel almost incapable of responding. But I always do.

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One mother's tale of adoption search and reunion, and learning to be a mom.

“How to Be His Mother”

Twenty-six years after placing my son for adoption, we found each other. That’s when I started learning—the hard way—how to be a mom.

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Insight into birth mothers' feelings after placement.

What Is Life Like for Birth Mothers After Placement?

On Your Feet Foundation's national survey provides insight into birth mothers' emotional experiences after placement and what can help them heal.

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A happy birth mother reunion

“Seeing My Daughter’s ‘Happily Ever After'”

My daughter, Rubie, has the kind of life I'd dreamed of for her, and is where she belongs. I only wish I had known that sooner.

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In this study, most birth parents enjoyed their open adoptions

The Birth Parent Perspective

A major study reveals that open adoption works well for everyone involved. Hear what families say is good about the process — and what could be better.

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A family in an open adoption talks to birth parents on the phone

A Meeting of the Open Minds

Two adoptive moms and a birth mother candidly discuss the adoption match, birth siblings, contact agreements, and more.

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Real open adoption stories from birth mothers

Open Adoption from the Other Side

How does your child’s birth mother feel about being called a “birth mother,” about the frequency and format of contact, her voice in the relationship, and more? We asked five birth mothers in open adoptions these questions. Here are their answers.

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Adoption memoir excerpt

[Book Excerpt] God and Jetfire

In April, Jonathan was nine months old. The colic had subsided, and he was practicing language that Paula described as “the funniest little combination of mumbling and humming.” She said his voice was very much a little boy’s voice.

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Summer Reading 2015

Everyone touched by adoption should check out these powerful memoirs, by a birth mother and an adoptee.

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Expectant Mom Match

The Expectant Mom Match

On our Facebook page , we asked readers, If you adopted a newborn domestically, do you know why your child’s birth mother or birth family selected you? Here’s what you said

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