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.
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.
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.
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
I can think of lots of reasons not to make this call: I should be working. I’m on deadline. I’m not ready.
Everyone touched by adoption should check out these powerful memoirs, by a birth mother and an adoptee.
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.