When Elizabeth was young, closed adoption was comfortable. But my outlook changed the day my teenage daughter said, "I want to find them."
It wasn't until my daughter's first birthday that it hit me: I was grieving her birth mom's loss. With that realization, I was able to celebrate as she would have wanted.
"We visit and communicate directly with their foster family. These efforts help our sons build and sustain important relationships. They have already experienced too much loss and grief in their young lives."
Parents share whether they have photos of their child’s birth family displayed in their homes—where, why or why not, and how they talk about them.
This poetic novel features a transracial adoptee protagonist as he explores his identity and seeks answers about his past in an unfamiliar city. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author, Matthew Salesses.
We just completed our profile for potential birth mothers, and our agency told us to start expecting calls. How do we handle those first conversations?
When Megan was born, her birth mother, Kendra, planted a tree in her backyard. Every year on Megan's birthday, Kendra decorates the tree and sends photos of it to Megan, in honor of their special bond.
Do you know of any books, like I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their Children, written for kids adopted from China?
Our seven-year-old daughter knows her adoption story, but, lately, she's been asking a lot of questions about why she was 'given up.'
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.
In an open adoption, your child's birth parents become part of your extended family. Here are some common questions when it comes to managing those relationships.
It may take some time for your child's birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.
An open adoption arrangement may be buffeted by passing time and changing circumstances. Here's how to make your relationship endure.
I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.
A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
We knew it was possible for the girl we were fostering to be reunited with her birth mother. But that didn't make it hurt any less.
A birth mother shares her feelings and thoughts about making an adoption plan for her child.
An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child’s birth when you adopt domestically.
Sometimes I read the warm, loving letters my birth daughter's parents send and feel almost incapable of responding. But I always do.