We set off on the 3,400-mile journey to meet my daughter’s birth mother in silence, our questions too big to put into words. In Colombia, communicating through an interpreter, but also through smiles, tears, embraces, and shared sensory experiences, all of us began to find answers.
After adopting my children from foster care, we eased into contact with their birth mother. She and I—a conservative, suburban mom—couldn’t be more different, and I’m glad that’s the case. The kids have a special relationship with her that they can’t have with me.
After meeting a man who thought he might be our daughter’s birth father, we were all invested in the idea of an open adoption relationship—but how would the test come back?
Having children was something that other people did. But giving birth has given me a sense of connection I never felt before.
When it came to locating our daughter's birth mother in Guatemala, we didn't know where to begin. But we knew that we had to try.
Part of how teens form identity is by finding ways they are alike and different from their family. They may want to search for their genetic relatives to figuring out who they are and how to emotionally put pieces in place.
Born in America, raised in England, and meeting her birth mother for the first time.
A study, the Early Growth and Development Study, is shedding light on open adoption attitudes and outcomes. Here are some basic findings, as well as AF poll results on families' open adoption experiences.
When Elizabeth was young, closed adoption was comfortable. But my outlook changed the day my teenage daughter said, "I want to find them."
Somehow, I turned out to be both an adoptive mom and a member of a birth family.
Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?
Adopting a baby in the United States has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality? Here, an adoptive mother dispels common myths about adopting a newborn.
Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.
As teens seek independence, they rethink their relationships with all the adults in their lives — including birth parents.
After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.
My daughter, Rubie, has the kind of life I'd dreamed of for her, and is where she belongs. I only wish I had known that sooner.
Among experts who study it and families who practice it, open adoption varies widely. Here’s a look at open adoption today.
When kids find out they have birth siblings, they’re usually interested in meeting. Here’s how parents can help facilitate the relationship.
“We recently learned that our son’s birth mother is having health problems. How do we tell him, and how can we ask for more contact?’
What is “open adoption” — and what might it mean for your family?