Search & Reunion

One mother's tale of adoption search and reunion, and learning to be a mom.

“How to Be His Mother”

“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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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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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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One mother asks, Should I initiate contact with birth mother?

Should We Contact our Son’s Birth Parents?

Adoptive Families asks advice on a reader's behalf. Should we contact our son's birth parents?

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What families should consider when searching for birth families

Searching for Birth Families

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.

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Two mothers at a birth family reunion

“Our Canadian-Colombian Family Reunion”

After returning from a trip to my son's birth country, my heart — and journal — was overflowing.

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A picture of Christina and Christy during their birth mother meeting

“Getting to Meet Her Birth Mother”

A daughter — and her mother — look forward to a very special family reunion.

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A family in an open international adoption

“Families Without Borders”

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.

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A birth parent search can take you to different places than you thought

Birth Parent Search in International Adoption

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?

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A domestic adoptive mother reflects on taking her daughter to visit her birth mother

“Visiting My Daughter’s Birth Mother”

Taking my daughter to visit her birth mother, I found that, while shared genes make them alike in some ways, it’s shared experiences that make us family.

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The birth family search can be difficult for your child

Searching for Your Child’s Birth Family

Be honest with each other about fears and expectations, and a birth family search can strengthen your bond with your child.

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