Search & Reunion

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

When Teens Find 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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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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Summer Reading 2015

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

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Matthew and his mother after his search was complete

“We Always Called You Jason”

Fantasizing about my birth parents, I never dreamed my strongest link to the past would be through a flinty grandmother.

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Angela Tucker writes about common reactions to adoptees who search for birth parents

Are Adoptees Selfish For Wanting To Search?

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.

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