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6 Candid Tips from Birth Mothers to Help Expectant Parents Considering Adoption

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 12.16.2015 | Parents
Felicia Curcuru

"Is adoption right for me and my baby?" While hindsight can be 20/20, it can be hard to figure out the right thing to do when the unexpected has hap...

She Was Placed for Adoption as a Baby. Years Later, She Was Faced With the Same Choice Herself

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 11.25.2015 | Women
Felicia Curcuru

I recently had the chance to interview a woman who is both an adoptee and a birth mother - she was adopted at birth and later placed a child for adoption herself. I'm very grateful that she offered to share her story with us.

What One Woman Wishes She'd Known Before Placing Her Child for Adoption

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 10.28.2015 | Women
Felicia Curcuru

In the adoption world, adoptive parents usually get the most spotlight, with adoptees and birthparents getting less attention.

How Do Women Feel After Placing Their Baby For Adoption?

Felicia Curcuru | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women
Felicia Curcuru

Adoption can be a joyous and beautiful process that creates love and family. However, with every adoption and every union, there is also loss, a biological parent being separated from their child. Even if a birthparent is happy with her choice of adoption, there is still a grieving process.

Meeting My Son's Mother For The First Time

Inga | Posted 09.14.2015 | Fifty

Recently, I met my son's mother for the first time. You have no idea how long I've waited to use that line. (OK, 33 years.) My older son, Rory, was finally able to find his birth mother, Erika, and introduced her to the rest of the family soon after.

Mother's Day: A Cautionary Tale

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

I've had a conflicted relationship with Mother's Day since 1989. Before then, it was the day I made my mom a card and bought her some plants for the garden. It was a good day. Church, lunch, time with family.

To The Women Who Birthed My Children: Mother's Day Is for You, Too

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It dawned on me that I had been parenting her for the exact number of months she had been with her first mother. My eyes welled up with tears, and I realized how completely devastated I would be if I had parented my baby for 40 weeks and then handed her to someone else... forever.

A Letter from an Adoptee to Her Sons

Christina Romo | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

I want you both to know that by making that decision to adopt me three decades ago, Grandma and Grandpa truly changed my life. In a matter of a year, I went from being an orphan to becoming someone's daughter.

Words She Never Said

Christina Romo | Posted 03.13.2015 | Women
Christina Romo

As I looked at the photos, I realized that I found myself unable to relate to any of the adoptees who were searching for answers. They had clues and tidbits of information they could use to help locate their birth parents. If I were to create a poster, it would be empty.

My Daughters' Mothers

Hanni Beyer Lee | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty
Hanni Beyer Lee

My three daughters were all adopted from China at older ages. Despite the immense losses each of them have carried, they have loved me and accepted my affection and care without question. It doesn't mean they have not hurt inside or pushed back at me. But they have called me Mama from the get-go and always reached out when they needed me.

Big Lessons That Transcend the Movie: There Are Philomenas All Around Us

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Adam Pertman

The reality is that during the mid-20th century and beyond, severe religious, social and familial stigmas against unwed motherhood were the norm far beyond Ireland.

You're Not My Dad!

John M. Simmons | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

I have teens. We fight. Nothing on earth is more natural. I always have one goal in mind when I find myself in that situation: No matter how much my child hates me when the fight is over, I want them to understand how much I love them.

The Moment I Learned What 'Real Mom' Actually Means

Beth Woolsey | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real. When you are real, you don't mind being hurt.

WATCH: Father Reunites With Daughter He Didn't Know Exists

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Jerry Knight was 70 years old when he discovered that he had a daughter who was given up for adoption as a baby. During a HuffPost Live segment on the...

How Sailing Brought Me Closer to a Breast Cancer Survivor -- My Birth Mom

Ashley Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ashley Bell

I was adopted at birth, and met my biological mother when I was 19 years old -- well after her first diagnosis, treatment and remission from breast cancer. It really didn't register at the time how close I came to never having known my own mother and best friend.

WATCH: Daughter Reunites With Birth Mom 22 Years After Adoption

Posted 09.18.2013 | Divorce

On February 6, 1991, Jennifer Moorhead made the difficult decision to give her newborn daughter up for adoption. Moorhead was already a single mom and...

I'm Raising Someone Else's Children

Lori Holden | Posted 07.12.2013 | Parents
Lori Holden

I was stuck in an either/or mindset. Either they were the mothers of these children or I was. Either they had a real connection or I did. Either they were legitimate or I was. Because the influence of

When Other's Day Became Mother's Day

Tré Miller Rodríguez | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women
Tré Miller Rodríguez

When Mom presented me with the orchid corsage, it was as foreign as a lacrosse stick. Or a set of knitting needles. "But I'm not a--" "You gave birth to your daughter," my mom explained. "That makes you a mother."

How It Felt To Let My Foster Daughter Go

Rachel Joyce | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

There are five little names on a chain around my neck. Three of those names belong to the babies I bore biologically, and two of those little names are babies I got to raise for a short time and then let them go.

And Then I Found You Is Henry's Most Personal Novel Yet

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Patti Callahan Henry has written many successful and enjoyable novels in the past but never has she written one as personal as her latest, And Then I Found You.

Equal Rights for All: It's Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give short-shrift to the decades-long effort to achieve equality for millions of people in another segment of our population: Americans who were adopted into their families.

Diary Of An Open Adoption

Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-seventh post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, in...

The One Thing I Failed To Worry About

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the eighteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includ...

We Were Waiting To Be A 'Forever Family'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the seventeenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, inclu...

The Family I Always Had But Never Knew

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the sixteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includi...