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Birth / First Families

Links and articles relating to the first or natural family of the adoptee. Links to support groups, search sites, information, and resources.
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  2. Birth / First Mothers (18)
  3. Birth Family Resources (14)
  4. Search and Reunion

Before You Try to Find the Child Placed for Adoption - for Birth Parents
What are some things to consider before trying to find your placed child for an adoption reunion? I asked our adoption forum for some ideas on adoption reunion and this is what they had to say about trying to find the adopted child.

All About Open Adoptions for Birth and Placing Parents

An open adoption can be very beneficial to placed children. As is the case with many decisions in life, there are pros and cons to choosing an open adoption. Learn all you can about your different options before making your final decision to place your child in an open adoption.

Maintaining Relationships Between Past Foster Parents and Foster Children
How to help your child keep connections with a past foster parent.

What Should Birth Parents Not Expect in an Open Adoption?
A quick reality check for birth parents as they decide on the level of contact within an open adoption.

Common Myths About Open Adoption
There are many myths about open adoptions. Which open adoption myth have you heard before? Which ones do you believe? Explore the truth about open adoption.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Looks at the Rights of Birthparents
A new study from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute revealed prevailing stereotypes of birthparents and the need for updates in adoption practices. The report recommends 7 changes that need to be made to insure that all parties involved in an adoption are treated fairly during the adoption process.

What Are the Differences in the Level of Contact in Open Adoptions?
Contact within an open adoption falls along a continuum. At what level would you feel comfortable with an open adoption?

Coping with an Open Adoption
Any relationship can be tricky, however very few relationships will be as tricky as those within an open adoption. An open adoption may be one of the most important relationships in your and your child's life.

Why Choose an Open Adoption?
An open adoption is an adoptive family and birth family keeping in contact for the benefit of a child. While it can be a tricky arraignment it is often in the child's best interest. However there are pros and cons to choosing an open adoption.

What Are the Pros of an Open Adoption for Birth Family?
An open adoption is an adoptive family and birth family keeping in contact for the benefit of a child. Contact in an open adoption can mean different things to different families and there are pros and cons to such an arrangement. Here are some of the pros for a birth family considering an open adoption.

What Are the Cons of an Open Adoption for Birth Family?
A listing of the possible negatives that may be associated with an open adoption.

How to Open a Closed Adoption
With a minor child, adoptive parents are still very much a part of the process of opening a closed adoption or starting an adoption reunion. The process will include the following on the part of the adoptive parent: open communication that involves listening flexibility being aware of own feelings Don t be surprised when feelings of...

Biological Parent
Simple explanation of a term used often in child welfare.

What Is an Adoption Triad?
A commonly used term in the adoption community.

Birth Parent/Family
A quick definition of the term.

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