My younger daughter adopted her sister’s child. My granddaughter’s now eight, and knows that she was adopted, but she doesn’t know that her “Auntie” is her birth mother.
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.
In an open adoption, your child's birth parents become part of your extended family. Here are some common questions when it comes to managing those relationships.
It may take some time for your child's birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.
Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?
An open adoption arrangement may be buffeted by passing time and changing circumstances. Here's how to make your relationship endure.
I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.
My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
In an open adoption, what do you give to the person who means everything to you? Thoughts from a birth mom about the gifts that mean the most.
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.
A birth mother shares her feelings and thoughts about making an adoption plan for her child.
It's normal to think about your child's birth family during the holidays. What should you share in a holiday letter?
What should I ask my birth father about my birth family's medical history?
Sometimes I read the warm, loving letters my birth daughter's parents send and feel almost incapable of responding. But I always do.
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.
On Your Feet Foundation's national survey provides insight into birth mothers' emotional experiences after placement and what can help them heal.
I send letters with pictures to my children’s birth parents via our adoption agencies.
Families with different levels of contact offer glimpses into their relationships with birth parents during their first year home.
Facebook has dramatically changed the way information is exchanged in adoption. Experts and parents offer advice on navigating social media.
Writing about the little things in letters to our daughter's birth parents often tells a bigger, warmer story in the end.