Tag Archives: Birth Parents

A cutout from Paloma the Possible

“Letting Our Story Soar”

Writing and illustrating a fictional tale about a winged girl named Paloma helped my daughter and me talk about race, identity, and the realities of adoption. As a published book, it’s helping many other families do the same.

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How to start talking about birth parents with your child.

Mommy, Where Did I Come From?

Many adoptive parents mistake talking about the culture or place their child is from is enough. Learn why talking about birth parents matters.

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One mother asks, Should I initiate contact with birth mother?

Should We Contact our Son’s Birth Parents?

Adoptive Families asks advice on a reader's behalf. Should we contact our son's birth parents?

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What families should consider when searching for birth families

Searching for Birth Families

Parents who look for their child’s birth family abroad are ushering in a new openness in international adoption. Many say the decision to search requires careful thought.

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An entrustment ceremony can take place in a church like this one

A Bridge of Love: One Family’s Entrustment Ceremony

An entrustment ceremony is an powerful place to embark on our lives as adoptive parents.

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Losing touch with birth parents can be confusing for adoptive parents

“Losing Touch with Birth Parents”

When my son was six years old, his birth mother closed the door on our open adoption. Were we wrong to include her in his life?

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A girl engaging in a birth parent fantasy

Birth Parent Fantasies — and Fears

An adopted child may imagine life with her birth parents as "the road not taken." Parents should share what they know and support exploration.

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A birth parent search can take you to different places than you thought

Birth Parent Search in International Adoption

Adoptive parents around the globe are seeking their children's first families — even before these children voice an opinion on the matter. But do we know what we're doing?

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