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

Re-Focus
It wasn't until I began working on my memoir that I realized that I had completely disassociated from myself as a...
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

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...
Parents Have No Choice
I'm not sure if it is true in all states, but Maryland no longer accepts voluntary placement in foster or respite...

Adoption Reunion Registry

Adoptees

Mar 10, 1965 (F) - Looking for birth father walter earl heinz..suppose to have worked in... [more]

Jun 29, 1989 (F) - My name at birth was marissa lynne...i was born on june 29, 1989 on... [more]

Birth Mothers

Aug 31, 1996 (F) - The adoptive parents renamed you amelia [more]

Dec 12, 1967 (M) - Private adoption handled by an attorney in erie. [more]

Birth Fathers

Siblings, etc.

Jul 26, 1959 (F) - Believe i was born at the queen of the valley hospital in downtown... [more]

Feb 16, 1940 (F) - I assist anyone in the adoption triangle and help with their... [more]

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