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Birth Mothers

Honoring and Remembering Birth Mothers on Mother's Day

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

The path to motherhood is wide and varied. On Mother's Day, we recognize that mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Yet we often neglect to honor and remember birth mothers who make an adoption plan for their babies after they are born.

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.

'I Was Terrified That My Son Might Not Like Me'

2013-05-15-NYCwoman150.jpg | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM NYCity Woman Toy Dupree, 66, recently found the son she had given up for adoption when she was 21. by Claire Berman Toy Dupree, ...

The Secret My Mother Finally Told Me

Alice Hoffman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Alice Hoffman

If we could somehow time-travel and meet our mothers when they were 8-year-olds who were afraid of thunder storms, or college students in love with the wrong man, or young mothers-to-be awaiting our births, all that we believe that we know would likely replaced by a different vision.

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.

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.

Should Adoption Be a Reproductive Right?

Cristina Page | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Just like women who choose abortion, women who make an adoption plan are subject to shame, coercion, misinformation, unfavorable laws, and the politicization of their choice. It is here that the reproductive rights movement may recognize a role for itself.