Birth Parents

Placing a child with an adoptive family can be emotionally devastating. It's never an easy decision to make. It takes courage. Every birth parent has his or her reason for choosing adoption. For some, they may be unable to emotionally, physically, or financially support themselves and their children. Others may want to finish their education. And some became pregnant after a traumatic event and can't live with that reminder each day. Every birth parent has a unique story to tell.

Birth parents love their children. They think about them each day. Some birth parents relive the pain of placement and the overwhelming feelings of loneliness and loss regularly. While mourning is natural, it is also important to not be overwhelmed by it. Birth parent support groups are created and maintained across the country. To find much-needed support, many birth parents find that actively participating in support groups can eventually bring self-understanding, healing, and happiness. Birth parents also have the option of visiting a professional counselor or therapist if they need additional support.

This section will help birth parents understand what happens after placement, how to move forward, how to create successful adoption relationships, and how to encourage emotional healing.

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Birth Parent Articles

Birth parents are the biological parents of an adopted child. Before an adoption can be finalized, a child's birth parents must legally relinquish all parental rights to the adoptive parents. Before the finalization, every birth parent must decide if they want to build and maintain a relationship with the adoptive family, sometimes referred to as an open adoption. There is no right or wrong way to approach a birth parent role, meaning that whether or not one chooses to have an...

Birth Parent Blogs

Being Me
Being yourself is powerful, but when you don't have a solid fix on who you are its nearly impossible to do anything but...
Change
As I walked today I remembered some of the seasons of my life. I tend to introspect and let it go, but it was more of a...

Birth Parent Forums

Born April 8th 1977 in Naples,...
Second time looking. I was born in a private adoption. Born in Naples, Florida. I think it was around 3.40 am...
A Request from a Birthdaughter
Please, please, please can I offer some words of advise from a bdaugher in reunion with her bdad? I can not feel...

Adoption Reunion Registry

Adoptees

Jan 28, 1968 (F) - Adoptive mother - cora ilectris linkous adoptive father - john... [more]

Jun 16, 1957 (F) - My name is debra ann lanham-newhouse. my birthday is 6/16/1957. i... [more]

Birth Mothers

Nov 10, 1987 (M) - I gave birth to a baby boy on 11-10-1987 he was gave up that same day... [more]

Jul 6, 1986 (M) - Our son was 8lb 8oz at birth. we were told that his aparents had been... [more]

Birth Fathers

Dec 10, 1986 (M) - My son was born at fairfax hospital. i'm the birthfather, patty... [more]

Siblings, etc.

May 27, 1953 (M) - Baby was named by adopting parents [more]

Apr 9, 1986 (F) - Shayna was born with one kidney [more]

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