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Letters to birth parents can evoke many emotions

“Letters of Love”

“Letters of Love”

Sometimes I read the warm, loving letters my birth daughter's parents send and feel almost incapable of responding. But I always do.

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Adoptive parents share their stories naming their adopted child.

What’s in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

When a child joins a family with his own history, his own culture—his own name—parents may want to look beyond the pages of a baby names book.

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One mother's tale of adoption search and reunion, and learning to be a mom.

“How to Be His Mother”

Twenty-six years after placing my son for adoption, we found each other. That’s when I started learning—the hard way—how to be a mom.

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One mom describes her fears for her adopted child after prenatal alcohol exposure.

“The Blank Spaces” – Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Effects

I am angry at the price my son has to pay for his birth mother's decision to drink while pregnant — but I can't be angry at her.

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Understanding teens and open adoption

Teens and Open Adoption

As teens seek independence, they rethink their relationships with all the adults in their lives — including birth parents.

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Insight into birth mothers' feelings after placement.

What Is Life Like for Birth Mothers After Placement?

On Your Feet Foundation's national survey provides insight into birth mothers' emotional experiences after placement and what can help them heal.

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One of the four families in open adoption.

The First Year of an Open Adoption: Four Families Share

Families with different levels of contact offer glimpses into their relationships with birth parents during their first year home.

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Should I friend our child's birth mother?

Should You Friend Your Child’s Birth Mother?

Facebook has dramatically changed the way information is exchanged in adoption. Experts and parents offer advice on navigating social media.

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Parents waiting to be chosen for a domestic adoption wonder why a birth mother hasn't chosen them.

“When Will an Expectant Mother Pick Us?”

During the long wait for an adoption match, friends and family may be sympathetic, but they don’t understand the anxiety that leads you to question every aspect of your adoption profile — and yourself.

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Writing letter to our daughter's birth parents in open adoption

“From Our Hearts”: Letters to Our Child’s Birth Parents

Writing about the little things in letters to our daughter's birth parents often tells a bigger, warmer story in the end.

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A child learns about adoption birth stories.

“Was I Alone in the Hospital?”

Seeing where she was born—where she stayed with her birth mom and where we met her—gave my daughter greater confidence in her adoption story.

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Navigating the hospital adoption experience

How Should New Parents Navigate the Hospital Experience?

Our open adoption expert explains how prospective adoptive parents can best navigate the emotional time spent at the hospital with the birth mother before bringing their new child home.

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Understanding contact with birth parents after adoption

Visiting with Birth Parents

When we adopted our son three years ago, our relationship with his birth mother was semi-open (letters, phone calls). Since then it has grown more open, and we're discussing a visit. Any advice?

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A mother reassures her son about his birth parents

What if My Birth Mother Shows Up to Claim Me?

Reassure your child that you are his parent, forever and always.

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A happy father after his birth mother match

“Guarding My Heart During the Wait”

After years of grappling with infertility, I could only focus on what might go wrong during our (in hindsight) perfect match and my daughter's birth.

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