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.
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.
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.
As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise — and its limitations.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
Being adopted, I have found, means being familiar with many different kinds of love, many varieties of connection. It’s a roller-coaster of sorts. There’s an immense amount of gratitude; yet an overarching sense of loss persists, and permeates every interaction, every decision, and every relationship.
The day my mother met my birth mother.
Fantasizing about my birth parents, I never dreamed my strongest link to the past would be through a flinty grandmother.
Answers to your parenting questions.
For many parents who adopted children internationally, a birth mother relationship is uncharted territory.
Our son came to us from foster care, in a closed adoption. So how did I find myself walking through the doors of a dark funeral home, preparing to introduce myself to his other family?
Finding my birth family has never been an attempt to replace anyone else, but simply an effort to find myself, a desire my adoptive family understands.
A set of identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted by different families — not to be reunited until age 27.
Adoptive Families asks advice on a reader's behalf. Should we contact our son's birth parents?
Parents who look for their child’s birth family abroad are ushering in a new openness in international adoption. Many say the decision to search requires careful thought.
After returning from a trip to my son's birth country, my heart — and journal — was overflowing.
A daughter — and her mother — look forward to a very special family reunion.
To honor their son Tristan’s birth family, a Canadian family initiated a long-distance relationship. Now, they’re taking him to Colombia to meet them.
After 26 years, I thought 'happily ever after' was about to begin.
Adoptive parents around the globe are seeking their children's first families — even before these children voice an opinion on the matter. But do we know what we're doing?