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

5 years later
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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...

Birth Parent Forums

Found adult daughter I didn't know...
I pretty sure I 24yo daughter. I was friends with the mother in high school and she was my first. A few months later...
What's he thinking? How would you...
This post is a question for birth fathers who knew about their child's adoption and was one day contacted out of the...

Adoption Reunion Registry

Adoptees

Sep 11, 1993 (F) - I do not know much about my adoption case. [more]

Jan 22, 1996 (M) - Closed adoption; birthmother had other children; born somewhere in... [more]

Birth Mothers

Birth Fathers

Siblings, etc.

Feb 26, 1957 (F) - I know my mother was young "teenager" and possibly from the mid-west,... [more]

Mar 31, 1965 (M) - Born at 4:26 pm at martin luther hospital in anaheim , orange... [more]

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