Birth Mother & Birth Father Stories About Open Adoption


Open adoption seen through the eyes of birth mothers and birth fathers who have placed their biological children for adoption.

An African-American couple on the computer creating an adoption profile

Tips for Creating Your Profile from Birth Mothers

Tips for Creating Your Profile from Birth Mothers

When creating your family profile, be authentic.

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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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Snowy road representing birth mother grief

“Snowfall, and the Silence of Pregnancy”

I frequently found myself on the defensive while pregnant, afraid of what people might say and how they might judge me. I felt judged enough, being single and pregnant.

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One birth mom describes her changing relationship with her birth son.

“An Evolving Relationship”

After a difficult visit with my birth son, I realized the commitment to him was strong enough to weather life's ups and downs.

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A birth parent perspective on open adoption

“Promises the Adoptive Parents Kept”

The time I spent alone with my newborn daughter meant a lot. But the fact that she has grown up knowing me has meant the world.

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One man shares his birth father grief in a letter to his adopted son.

“To My Son, From Your Birth Father”

Compiling a scrapbook for the son he's never known, a father confronts his grief.

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Choosing adoption was the right choice for this birth mother

“How I Discovered the Meaning of Motherhood”

It wasn't until the birth of my daughter that I realized my son's mother was his adoptive mother.

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“Our Kids Are All Right”: Birth Siblings in Open Adoption

Was moving from a semi-open adoption to a fully open one, with visits, the right decision for my birth son and for the daughter I was raising?

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A birth parent perspective on an adoption

“Finding Peace with My Adoption Plan”

As a birth mother, my path to adoption was full of conflicting feelings. But at the moment my son was born — when two women came together in the same instant to love him — I felt at peace.

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A birth grandmother with her extended family.

“Meeting the Parents Who Would Adopt My Grandchild”

My daughter "gave up" nothing when she became a birth mother. She lovingly placed her precious baby girl in the arms of parents who would prove eager to embrace us all.

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Some birth mothers prefer the term "natural mother."

A Mother by Any Other Name

Is the term 'birth mother' an example of appropriate, positive language — or an offensive and demeaning label?

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Birth fathers and adoption - the forgotten side of the story.

Birth Fathers: The Forgotten Half of the Story

Biological fathers get short shrift in fairy tales and real life. But their exclusion can have legal and emotional consequences.

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Birth parents and adoptive parents can work together to benefit the child

A Birth Mother on The Open Adoption “Covenant”

Treat birth family as if they were extended family members: your child will benefit.

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