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Ask AF: Differences in Openness

Ask AF: Differences in Openness

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Summer Reading 2015

Everyone touched by adoption should check out these powerful memoirs, by a birth mother and an adoptee.

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“Paying My Respects to My Son’s Birth Mother”

Our son came to us from foster care, in a closed adoption. So how did I find myself walking through the doors of a dark funeral home, preparing to introduce myself to his other family?

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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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The author's imaginary birth mom, astronaut Christa McAuliffe

“When My Birth Mom Was an Astronaut”

I looked for my birth mother everywhere. For a little while, I found her on the Space Shuttle.

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One mother's experience opening an adoption.

“Unexpected Contact with Our Child’s Birth Mother”

We hadn't planned on an open adoption. But when my daughter's birth mother requested a letter, how could I say no?

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Reunited identical twins embrace

Double The Love — Anaïs & Sam

A set of identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted by different families — not to be reunited until age 27.

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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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“Getting to Meet Her Birth Mother”

A daughter — and her mother — look forward to a very special family reunion.

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A family in an open international adoption

“Families Without Borders”

To honor their son Tristan’s birth family, a Canadian family initiated a long-distance relationship. Now, they’re taking him to Colombia to meet them.

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A birth mother search brought Elizabeth Larsen's family closer together

“A Complicated Privilege”

Was hiring someone to search for our daughter's Guatemalan birth mother the right thing to do? We decided we had no choice but to try to meet her.

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“Our Kids Are All Right”: Birth Siblings in Open Adoption

Was moving from a semi-open adoption to a fully open one, with visits, the right decision for my birth son and for the daughter I was raising?

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