Compiling a scrapbook for the son he's never known, a father confronts his grief.
Because young adopted children tend to focus on their birth mothers, you need to make a special effort to include their birth fathers.
Your child's birth mother looms large in her imagination now. What's your grade-schooler really thinking?
With her swollen belly, my classmate reminded me of my own first mother. People expected her to be ashamed, but I wondered, how can someone be ashamed of the mother without also being ashamed of the baby?
When an expectant parent chooses to be represented by an attorney, it is important for all of the parties in the adoption to understand that the role of the attorney is to advocate for his client. Our adoption law expert explains.
For our family, open adoption is peach roses, scrambling to buy bottles, and feeling out our relationship with the birth mom.
Six families share their amazing stories about the power of birth sibling connections.
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.
After seven years, we decided to bring our daughter's birth father back into her life. But was she ready for him?
Buying a dollhouse for my daughter's third birthday was a cinch. Finding the right family to live in it was a bit more difficult.
My infertility was in the past. But was I ready to laugh at immature teenage jokes about adoption?
Parents involved in open adoptions speak honestly about working through challenges and keeping the relationship going through life changes.
Answers to your parenting questions.
How do you break bad news about job loss, illness, or divorce to the birth parents in an open adoption relationship?
As adolescents become capable of abstract thinking, they begin to wonder about the family and the country left behind — and the road not taken.
From a rocky start, we've built a relationship with our children's birth families that has enriched their lives, and ours.
Biological fathers get short shrift in fairy tales and real life. But their exclusion can have legal and emotional consequences.
As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?
Your child may never have met his first mom and dad. But that doesn't mean he's not spinning stories about them.
Adoption expert Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT, discusses how to explain the death of a birth father to your child, especially when the birth father has been rarely mentioned.