Birth Parent Relationship Changes in the Teen Years

"We have a semi-open relationship with our 14-year-old son's birth mother. Recently, he asked if we could invite her for a weekend. I trust his birth mom, but I'm worried."

Visits with birth parents may change in frequency over the years
In my experience, it's normal for teenagers in semi-open adoptions (letters, cards) to want to open up their adoptions. When there are ongoing visits over the years (such as once or twice a year), children see their birth parents more clearly. If there are no ongoing visits with birth parents, children may have unrealistic expectations of their birth parents, and see them as "perfect" people. Your son has communicated with his birth mother over the years, but he has never ...

“We have a semi-open relationship with our 14-year-old son’s birth mother. Recently, he asked if we could invite her for a weekend. I trust his birth mom, but I’m worried.”

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