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

The title of birth father is generally given to a man who is biologically related to a child. It wasn't until nearly 40 years ago, in 1972, that birth fathers had any kind of rights to play a role in the adoption process. Nowadays, depending on the state in which an adoption takes place, birth fathers can contest a birth mother's decision to place a child with an adoptive family. Sometimes, a woman chooses not to notify a birth father of his future paternity. Therefore, most...

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...
Autumn Leaves
I came to California from Illinois, thinking I don't know what I expected to be honest, but all I know is I spent the...

Birth Parent Forums

26 years and still waiting
Hello all, I placed my daughter June of 1988. My daughter just turned 26 two months ago. We did not get off with a...
Can't Decide Whether Or Not To...
I posted here a few weeks ago but I guess that thread got deleted. I'd decided that adiption would be best for my...

Adoption Reunion Registry

Adoptees

Dec 18, 1988 (M) - Adoption done through attorney pamela spencer [more]

Sep 30, 1966 (F) - I found some adoption papers with the social workers name on it a... [more]

Birth Mothers

Mar 31, 1989 (F) - Birth mother's maiden name: sharon lorena brown birth father's name:... [more]

Birth Fathers

Jul 3, 1994 (F) - Was delivered by police because my wife could not make it to... [more]

Siblings, etc.

Dec 20, 1994 (M) - Mother name at birth christina white mother dob 01/10/1973. [more]

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