Tag Archives: Birth Mothers

Keeping in touch with birth mom through pictures.

“20 Years of Letters to Our Son’s Birth Mom”

“20 Years of Letters to Our Son’s Birth Mom”

Though we never heard back from our son's birth mother, I continued to write, bragging with a motherly pride I thought only she could understand.

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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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Openness can vary in domestic adoptions.

“Why Don’t We Ever Visit My Birth Parents?”

After three domestic adoptions, we have three very different levels of openness with each of our children's birth families.

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Visits with birth parents may change in frequency over the years

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."

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"We did not 'save' our child" writes a mother through transracial adoption

“We Did Not ‘Save’ Our Son”

Saying Matthew was "saved" implies doubt about his desirability, his worthiness to be adopted. "After all, you didn't have to take in this baby," is the unspoken message.

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“When the Babysitter is…the Birth Mom!”

Though I'm indisputably my daughter's mom, the time she spends with her birth mother seems to offer something I can't.

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One boy meets his extended birth family.

“Mourning His Birth Mother with the Birth Family”

The tragic loss of our son's birth mother was followed by a powerful new connection with his birth family.

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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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A family on a homeland tour..

“A Homeland Trip with My Teens”

I planned our homeland trip, hoping to see my children's birthplaces. Surprisingly, those proved elusive, but we found meaning at every turn.

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An unexpected and emotional meeting with the birth mother of two children adopted from foster care

“Intimate Strangers”: Birth Parent Contact in Foster Adoption

The 894 pages of my daughter's foster care case history described her birth mother's hard life, scarred by poverty, drug addiction, and homelessness. I never expected to meet her—much less like her.

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Feeling Guilt Over the Birth Mom’s Grief

"Many parents feel guilty because their joy is the direct result of a difficult decision by the birth mother — someone you may have grown to care about. So when a new adoptive mother sees the birth mother in intense pain, she asks herself, 'Was adoption really the right thing to do?'"

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Some birth mothers prefer the term "natural mother."

A Mother by Any Other Name

Is the term 'birth mother' an example of appropriate, positive language — or an offensive and demeaning label?

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Adoption storybooks helped this family open up about their adoptions

“Babies and Birth Moms and Bellies, Oh My!”

When our two children began to ask questions — lots of questions — my partner and I found answers in homemade adoption storybooks.

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new mother talking to her father about open adoption as the new grandparents admire newborn baby

Helping Family Understand Open Adoption

Your family — especially older relatives — may not get why you are choosing an open adoption. Adoption expert Kathleen Silber gives advice on what to say.

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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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“I Have a Birth Mom, Too” – How Children Can Explain Open Adoption to Friends

Answers to your parenting questions.

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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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