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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A negotiation for direct placement adoption

What Does the Expectant Mother’s Attorney Do?

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.

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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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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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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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