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A pregnant african american birth mother Birth mothers, fathers, sisters and families (sometimes called first mothers and families) are perhaps the most underrepresented voice in adoption. Topics include managing contact between birth and adoptive parents, navigating relationships with adopted children, and deciding whether open adoption or closed adoption serves children and parents best. Feelings inherent to the experience of placing a child for adoption or losing a child to adoption are explored, including grief, anger, loss, and guilt, along with stories that include search and reunion.

Pact offers an array of support services for expectant and birth parents, available free of charge. If you are in the process of deciding whether adoption is right for you and your baby, Pact can help you understand all of your options, whether or not you finally choose adoption. If adoption is the best choice for you and your baby, we can help you find an adoptive family for your child of color, and we’ll talk with you about the benefits of an open adoption so you can stay in touch with your child. Continuing support and education about the lifelong issues of adoption is available to birth parents after placement. Become a member of Pact to receive our newsletter, Pact’s Point of View, which includes a regular column “Ask a First/Birth Parent” and other articles written by birth parents and adopted adults. Pact members receive a discount at our online bookstore, which features carefully selected books on the birth parent experience and other aspect of adoption. While many of Pact's services and programs for birth parents are focused on the placement process, we do strive to connect birth parents with blogs and other online resources that will be useful post-placement, in addition to our ongoing support services.

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Secrecy Versus Privacy when Talking about Adoption

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