Birth Parents & Families

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Information and resources for and about birth families, offering support, guidance, and insight. Explore your own feelings and read the words of others who are growing, healing, and searching.

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Birth Family Support & Organizations

Support resources and organizations for parents whose children were placed for adoption and their family members.


Information and resources for and about birthfathers, men whose children were placed for adoption.


Information and resources for and about birthmothers, women whose children have been placed for adoption.

Email Lists: Birth Parents & Families

Lists for birth/first mothers, fathers, and their spouses, partners, and parents.

Famous & Well-Known Birthparents (with biographies)

Famous people who are birth parents.

Grief, Loss, Shame & Guilt

Acknowledging grief over the loss of a child through adoption, and dealing with feelings of shame and guilt are important steps for parents who placed voluntarily and for those who did not. Find information and resources from parents and professionals.

Personal Pages: Birth Families

Personal Web pages created by birth parents and other birth family members around the world.

Search Issues

Some search, others do not. And adoptive parents are often concerned about search and the impact on the family. Resources for all groups.

Traditions: Welcoming New Babies in Open Adoptions

For birthparents who have placed a child in an open adoption, having a subsequent baby that will be kept in the family can be joyous, confusing, or difficult for the placed child. Educator Brenda Romanchik offers great suggestions.

Relinquishment and Adoption Are Different
Ron Nydam's 1995 paper puts forward the belief that adoptees and birth parents must come to terms with the difference between these two acts. Dr. Nydam is the author of Adoptees Come of Age.

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