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Ask AF: When Contact Seems Risky

Ask AF: When Contact Seems Risky

Answers to your parenting questions.

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A young toddler at his birth mother's graduation

“The Whole Journey”

When our son’s birth mother was making that painful decision — raise a child or finish high school — we were the family she chose. So when she invited us to her graduation, nothing could stop us.

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The Rubin family, who no longer view adoption as loss

“Falling in Love with Adoption”

Although my family's story is a journey still in progress, I've discovered a way to feel complete.

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Daughter learning about different levels of birth mother contact from sibling's birth mother

Explaining Different Levels of Birth Mother Contact to Kids

We know very little about our nine-year-old's birth mom, but her younger brother talks to his. How can we help her?

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Relationship with birth family

“It’s an Adoption Thing”

In this personal essay, one adoptive mother shares her relationship with her daughter's birth family, and the memories that arise as they prepare to visit.

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A photo from the Ferensics' birthday package

“The Birthday Package for Our Son’s Birth Parents”

Photos and letters are the only things my son's birth mother asked for. I hope that what we send expresses our gratitude.

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Two mothers at a birth family reunion

“Our Canadian-Colombian Family Reunion”

After returning from a trip to my son's birth country, my heart — and journal — was overflowing.

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