Compiling a scrapbook for the son he's never known, a father confronts his grief.
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.
I knew it would be hard for my daughter’s birth mother to give her up. But I didn’t think I’d feel so guilty for taking her.
Answers to your parenting questions.
After 26 years, I thought 'happily ever after' was about to begin.
My younger son's arrival signaled the end to a decade of heartache due to secondary infertility. So why was I so sad?
When my son was six years old, his birth mother closed the door on our open adoption. Were we wrong to include her in his life?
It wasn't until the birth of my daughter that I realized my son's mother was his adoptive mother.
Every Mother's Day, I celebrate my relationship with my daughter's birth mother.
How should we handle requests for financial support from our son’s birth mother?
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.
When it comes to keeping their children’s birth parents an active presence in their lives, many families are thinking outside the (mailbox and in)box.
We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.
When we adopted our son’s biological sister, it felt both eerily similar and completely different.
Was moving from a semi-open adoption to a fully open one, with visits, the right decision for my birth son and for the daughter I was raising?
As a birth mother, my path to adoption was full of conflicting feelings. But at the moment my son was born — when two women came together in the same instant to love him — I felt at peace.
My daughter "gave up" nothing when she became a birth mother. She lovingly placed her precious baby girl in the arms of parents who would prove eager to embrace us all.
Answering your parenting questions.
For our family, open adoption is peach roses, scrambling to buy bottles, and feeling out our relationship with the birth mom.
Though we never heard back from our son's birth mother, I continued to write, bragging with a motherly pride I thought only she could understand.
It has been hard to watch Kenneth struggle as a birth dad in an open adoption. I wish my husband and I could make it easier for him, and for our son.