Meeting My Daughter's Birth Mother: A Complicated Privilege

I didn't know what to expect from searching for — and eventually meeting — my daughter's birth mother.

A birth mother search brought Elizabeth Larsen's family closer together
I first met my daughter in the lobby of the Westin Camino Real, the grandest hotel in Guatemala City. The night before, my husband, Walter, and I had soothed our nerves by running on the treadmills in the fitness center, where a polite attendant handed us plush white towels. Afterward, I wrote a series of letters to our daughter. Because children adopted from overseas usually have little information about their history, parents are advised to document the trip, creating an ...

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.


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