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Young girls playing with their birth father.

“Introducing Tessa to Her Birth Father”

“Introducing Tessa to Her Birth Father”

After seven years, we decided to bring our daughter's birth father back into her life. But was she ready for him?

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Openness can vary in domestic adoptions.

“Why Don’t We Ever Visit My Birth Parents?”

After three domestic adoptions, we have three very different levels of openness with each of our children's birth families.

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Visits with birth parents may change in frequency over the years

Birth Parent Relationship Changes in the Teen Years

"We have a semi-open relationship with our 14-year-old son's birth mother. Recently, he asked if we could invite her for a weekend. I trust his birth mom, but I'm worried."

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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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“How Our Family Approached Our Birth Parent Search”

Three families describe their relationships with their children's birth parents — deciding to keep in touch, searching for birth parents, and managing an already open adoption.

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Open adoption can create rewarding relationships for all parties

Open Adoption Over the Years

Parents involved in open adoptions speak honestly about working through challenges and keeping the relationship going through life changes.

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helping children explain open adoption to their peers

“I Have a Birth Mom, Too” – How Children Can Explain Open Adoption to Friends

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Announcing your adoption can be done through a letter to family and friends

“Finding Her Birth Mother, A World Apart”

Opening our daughter's international adoption has allowed her to ask questions and receive answers, brought her birth mother a sense of peace from knowing that her child is alive, well, and happy, and given us the unforgettable privilege of personally thanking our child's birth mother.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When Your Child Has Birth Siblings

Parents who know that one child was placed for adoption while a sibling was not may wonder how to explain it in a way their child can understand.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Making Peace with Missing Information

We may not have the answers to all of our children's questions about adoption and their birth families. But we must accept that fact, so we can help our children come to terms with it, too.

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Coversations about birth mothers can be emotional

A Death in the Family

As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.

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Ask AF: Birth Family Request for a Closed Adoption

Our child's birth family does not want any contact with our family. How can we explain this to our son?

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Proceeding with Caution in Birth Family Search

Adoptive parents sometimes initiate birth parent searches before their children are emotionally prepared to deal with the results.

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