For many parents who adopted children internationally, a birth mother relationship is uncharted territory.
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.
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.
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.
A daughter — and her mother — look forward to a very special family reunion.
After 26 years, I thought 'happily ever after' was about to begin.
Was hiring someone to search for our daughter's Guatemalan birth mother the right thing to do? We decided we had no choice but to try to meet her.
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?
Three families describe their relationships with their children's birth parents — deciding to keep in touch, searching for birth parents, and managing an already open adoption.
A Korean adoptee learns that human nature doesn't always follow perceived "best practices."
Opening our daughter's international adoption has allowed her to ask questions and receive answers, brought her birth mother a sense of peace from knowing that her child is alive, well, and happy, and given us the unforgettable privilege of personally thanking our child'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.
An incredible true story that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Read a chapter of Jessica O'Dwyer's adoption memoir Mamalita.
“Our 10-year-old daughter recently asked if she has any brothers or sisters. She does, but we don’t know how to start explaining.” Kathleen Silber offers advice.
Adoptive parents sometimes initiate birth parent searches before their children are emotionally prepared to deal with the results.