Adoption is a lifelong process. Whether you choose an open or closed adoption, it is normal to have an intense range of emotions. Open adoption is an adoption in which there is contact and exchange of identifying information between birth and adoptive families. Closed adoption is an adoption in which all identifying information about the birth parents is sealed in agency and court records. Finding a support group or connecting with other birth parents can be helpful. This section provides resources on the lifelong issues in adoption and links to support groups and blogs.
Grief and Open Adoption
Helps birth parents in open adoptions prepare for the grieving process that might follow the adoption. This article was written by a birth mother.
Concerned United Birthparents
Provides support to birth parents who have relinquished a child to adoption; describes the long-term impact of adoption; and advocates for fair and ethical adoption laws, policies, and practices.
Counseling Birth Parents
Children's Bureau Express, 6(3), 2005
Provides a scientist-practitioner review of the literature on birth parents, presents a number of case studies, and discusses implications for counseling birth parents.
Expectant Parents Considering Adoption
Insight: Open Adoption Resources and Support
Focuses on the emotional issues around the decision to adopt.
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Saying Goodbye to a Baby: The Birthparent's Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption
Written by a social worker and birth mother, this book addresses birth parent grief before and after relinquishment and at different points throughout life.
Silent Voices Heard Impact of the Birth Mother Experience: Then and Now
Focuses on the losses birth mothers experience after adoption and suggests constructive ways a birth mother can work on healing. The author of this article is a reunited birth mother.