Tag Archives: Birth Mothers

An amended birth certificate

“Certificate of Live Birth and Parentage”

“Certificate of Live Birth and Parentage”

The document we receive is not called a Mothering Certificate, it's a Certificate of Live Birth. So why isn't the birth mother's name on there?

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Announcing your adoption can be done through a letter to family and friends

“Finding Her Birth Mother, A World Apart”

Opening our daughter's international adoption has allowed her to ask questions and receive answers, brought her birth mother a sense of peace from knowing that her child is alive, well, and happy, and given us the unforgettable privilege of personally thanking our child's birth mother.

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A domestic adoptive mother reflects on taking her daughter to visit her birth mother

“Visiting My Daughter’s Birth Mother”

Taking my daughter to visit her birth mother, I found that, while shared genes make them alike in some ways, it’s shared experiences that make us family.

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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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Timothy McCarty and "Tess," before she was reunited with her birth mother

“Guarding Tess” — A Father’s Story

I learned that the ultimate gift of love comes not from the receiver, but from the giver.

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Coversations about birth mothers can be emotional

A Death in the Family

As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.

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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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A photo sent to birth parents

“Someone Who Shares My Joy”

Our open adoption allows us to share the love we have for our daughter with her birth parents.

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

Proceeding with Caution in Birth Family Search

Adoptive parents sometimes initiate birth parent searches before their children are emotionally prepared to deal with the results.

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Anna's family helped her though her birth mother reunion

“A Last-Minute Birth Mother Reunion”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.

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