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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.
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.
As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise — and its limitations.
Kay Ann Johnson spent more than 20 years listening to the anguished accounts of Chinese people who relinquished, adopted, and hid out-of-plan or over quota children in the face of the country’s One-Child Policy. In China’s Hidden Children, she shares their stories.
I went to China to find the birth mother who left me on a street corner. Instead, I became the focus of a nation’s buried pain.
My 11-year-old son has been saying he’d like to meet his birth family.
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We made the trip, unsure whether we would even find Marina's orphanage, and ended up finding the answers to her deepest questions.
I can think of lots of reasons not to make this call: I should be working. I’m on deadline. I’m not ready.
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.
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?