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

To find an adopted child that was placed domestically as an infant can begin in a variety of ways through a variety of outlets. The first place a birth relative should go, if the option is available in the state of adoption, is to register with the state registry. These registries operate by way of mutual consent, meaning that if an adoptee and a birth relative both register independent of one another the sealed adoption record may be opened. If a state does not have a registry...

Birth Parent Blogs

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...
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

Disagree with adoptive parents?
If you are part of an open adoption, what do you do when you disagree with your child's adoptive parents' parenting...
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

Oct 23, 1974 (F) - Born on 10/23/74 at 11:34 pm, i was told by my adoptive brother, that... [more]

Sep 22, 1960 (F) - Born 9-22-60 i was told it was a private adoption and that my birth... [more]

Birth Mothers

Feb 3, 1983 (F) - Private christian adoption - birth mother exchanged letters, phone... [more]

Aug 17, 1982 (F) - Father steve shipp [more]

Birth Fathers

Dec 30, 1988 (F) - Had petil mal seizures and learning disabilty as a child [more]

Apr 12, 1985 (F) - Dear molly, if you read this, know that i love you. my only hope is... [more]

Siblings, etc.

Jun 1, 1964 (F) - The adoptee mentioned here is a sibling sister who would have been... [more]

Feb 22, 1962 (F) - This is my mother, looking for my biological grandparents [more]

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