Tag Archives: Birth Siblings

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Ask AF: How to Ask My Children About Trauma in Their Past?

Ask AF: How to Ask My Children About Trauma in Their Past?

“I know that my children’s birth siblings were abused by their birth parents, but my children don’t talk about trauma in their earlier lives. How should I talk with them about this?”

a woman looks through an album, holding a photo of her biological brother from one of his visits

“Sister—a Role I Wasn’t Ready to Play”

"My biological brother was adopted as an infant. When he found us, he was eager to claim us as family. But is that really what we were?" A woman shares the story of meeting her birth sibling and offers advice for others contemplating search or faced with a reunion.

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The Paternity Test, Part 1: “I Hope It’s Them”

When our daughter was born, her birth mom listed the birth father as “unknown.” Ten years later, he found us on social media and reached out.

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Readers share the holiday gifts they exchange with their children's birth families, including homemade ornaments, photos, and other ideas.

Parent-to-Parent: Holiday Gifts for Your Child’s Birth Family

We asked our readers: If you'll be giving your child's birth parents a gift this holiday season, what is it and how will you give it to them? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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brothers and sisters benefit from knowing about and seeing their birth siblings after adoption

Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds.

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Julia Baxter with her family, including four new siblings through foster adoption, on their adoption day

“Where We All Belong”

When I was a teen, my parents decided to grow our family by adopting from foster care. How did it feel to suddenly gain four new brothers and sisters through adoption?

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An adoptee and her mother discussing her birth father reunion

“For the Love of My Child”

When Elizabeth was young, closed adoption was comfortable. But my outlook changed the day my teenage daughter said, "I want to find them."

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These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“Are Your Sons Related?”

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?

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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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DNA may provide some information on an adopted child's birth family.

What Can We Learn from Our Kids’ DNA?

As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise — and its limitations.

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[Book Review] Bastards

In this memoir, Mary Anna King details her complex relationship with her mother, her siblings, and the grandparents who adopted her.

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