Tag Archives: Birth Fathers

One man shares his birth father grief in a letter to his adopted son.

“To My Son, From Your Birth Father”

“To My Son, From Your Birth Father”

Compiling a scrapbook for the son he's never known, a father confronts his grief.

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Talking advice for adoptive parents - how to bring birth fathers into the conversation

How to Talk About Birth Fathers with Young Children

Because young adopted children tend to focus on their birth mothers, you need to make a special effort to include their birth fathers.

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An adopted child may think about a birth parent more than you realize

Birth Parent Fantasies

Your child's birth mother looms large in her imagination now. What's your grade-schooler really thinking?

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One mother tells her open adoption stories.

“Open Adoption Is…”

For our family, open adoption is peach roses, scrambling to buy bottles, and feeling out our relationship with the birth mom.

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Birth siblings connecting.

Other Brothers (and Sisters!)

Six families share their amazing stories about the power of birth sibling connections.

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“Knowing Our Son’s Birth Father”

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.

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Young girls playing with their birth father.

“Introducing Tessa to Her Birth Father”

After seven years, we decided to bring our daughter's birth father back into her life. But was she ready for him?

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One mother builds a dollhouse family to reflect transracial adoptive families.

“A Dollhouse Family Just Like Ours”

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.

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The long road of infertility led to my perfect family

“Moving Past My Infertility”

My infertility was in the past. But was I ready to laugh at immature teenage jokes about adoption?

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Open adoption can create rewarding relationships for all parties

Open Adoption Over the Years

Parents involved in open adoptions speak honestly about working through challenges and keeping the relationship going through life changes.

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Communicating bad news to the birth family can be difficult

Breaking Bad News: “I Have Something to Tell You”

How do you break bad news about job loss, illness, or divorce to the birth parents in an open adoption relationship?

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Imagining Another Life

As adolescents become capable of abstract thinking, they begin to wonder about the family and the country left behind — and the road not taken.

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A happy family in an open adoption

“Open Adoption Works for Us”

From a rocky start, we've built a relationship with our children's birth families that has enriched their lives, and ours.

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Birth fathers and adoption - the forgotten side of the story.

Birth Fathers: The Forgotten Half of the Story

Biological fathers get short shrift in fairy tales and real life. But their exclusion can have legal and emotional consequences.

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Adoption and teenage years

When Your Teen Starts to Date

As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?

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Girl fantasizes about her birth parents

Imaginary Birth Parents

Your child may never have met his first mom and dad. But that doesn't mean he's not spinning stories about them.

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