Birth Family Search & Reunion Stories and Advice


Adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and experts on the emotional process of birth parent search and reunion in adoption.

"Find My Birth Mother" How We Honored Our Daughter's Plea

“Did You Want to Keep Me?”

“Did You Want to Keep Me?”

Faced with a young daughter's despair, a mother realizes her child must reconnect with the past.

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An adoptee and her mother discussing her birth father reunion

“For the Love of My Child”

When Elizabeth was young, closed adoption was comfortable. But my outlook changed the day my teenage daughter said, "I want to find them."

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And Then I Found You

[Book Review] And Then I Found You

With her sister’s permission, the novelist wrote a fictionalized account of her experiences leading up to the adoption plan.

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Here's how to cope when your child starts searching for birth family online.

When Teens Find Birth Family Online

Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.

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chinese birth parent search and reunions

Letting Her Go: Chinese Birth Parent Search and Reunions

The first study on this topic provides fascinating insights about adoptees’ and parents’ motivations to search, search methods used, the initial reunion, and ongoing contact.

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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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A film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.

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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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DNA may provide some information on an adopted child's birth family.

What Can We Learn from Our Kids’ DNA?

As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise — and its limitations.

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A teenage adoptee finding birth relatives in Russia

“Our Leap of Faith: Finding Birth Relatives in Russia”

We made the trip, unsure whether we would even find Marina's orphanage, and ended up finding the answers to her deepest questions.by Janice Pearse

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A young boy, adopted from Guatemala, hugging a woman's pregnant belly

“Pondering My Son Mateo’s Family Tree”

My son's story started before I met him. His pre-adoption prologue is one I may never know. But of this I am sure: Mateo was born to be my son.

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