Photos and letters are the only things my son's birth mother asked for. I hope that what we send expresses our gratitude.
Understanding Open Adoption
In an open adoption, you meet your child’s birth parents and maintain contact after placement. Find open adoption information and stories here.
Coming clean to our birth mother about my unstable past helped us build a solid foundation for our future.
My daughter formed a swift, intense bond with her four birth sisters. The surprising love I felt for them blindsided me, but now it makes perfect sense.
Our readers share their recommendations for gifts for birth parents at the time of placement. Their advice? Keep it small and personal!
My daughter's birth mother helped me trust my own maternal instinct.
As my letter-writing to my son's birth mother has evolved, so has our relationship grown.
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.
We hadn't planned on an open adoption. But when my daughter's birth mother requested a letter, how could I say no?
Identical twins, separated at birth — but raised as sisters since the day they were born — are giving new meaning to the phrase “blended family.”
A set of identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted by different families — not to be reunited until age 27.
Read an excerpt from Perri Klass' new novel about a pediatrician who grew up in foster care — and now works with similar at-risk patients.
After a difficult visit with my birth son, I realized the commitment to him was strong enough to weather life's ups and downs.
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.
How can we increase the openness of our relationship with our son’s birth father?
After returning from a trip to my son's birth country, my heart — and journal — was overflowing.
An adoptive mother prepares to become a birth grandmother.
Should we create a contact agreement with our children's biological grandparents? What are our legal rights?
The time I spent alone with my newborn daughter meant a lot. But the fact that she has grown up knowing me has meant the world.
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.