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Your Birth Family Relationships

Relationships with birth parents, biological siblings and other family members can be incredibly rewarding — but, like any relationship, they can also be incredibly complicated. Whether you grew up in an open adoption or you recently reunited with your birth family, knowing how to navigate these relationships isn’t always easy.

While it’s impossible to tell you exactly how to develop the types of relationships you want to have with your biological relatives, the articles below do offer some general information and advice for those seeking to form healthy, lasting connections with members of their birth family. Read on to learn how to establish healthy boundaries, communicate honestly about your needs, navigate changes in contact with your birth parents and more.

Like any relationship, the ones you share with your birth family will require patience and understanding from everyone involved. But the bonds you can share are very often worth the effort.

Common Feelings to Expect from Birth Family Visits

Common Feelings to Expect from Birth Family Visits

When you’re visiting with your birth family as an adoptee, it’s common to experience a mix of emotions. Here are just a few of the ways...

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Connecting with Your Birth Family on Social Media

Connecting with Your Birth Family on Social Media

Social media can be both beneficial and challenging for adult adoptees and their birth family members. Here are a few of the ways it can sometimes...

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How to Handle Changes in Contact with Your Birth Family

How to Handle Changes in Contact with Your Birth Family

Like any relationship, an adoptee’s relationship with their birth family may naturally change over time. You may find that you and/or your birth family want to...

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Relationships with Your Birth Parents

Relationships with Your Birth Parents

Whether you’ve recently reunited with your birth parents or you’ve always had an open adoption, creating and maintaining these relationships can be complicated (but important). This...

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Relationships with Your Birth Siblings

Relationships with Your Birth Siblings

Even as an adult, the relationships that you share with your siblings — by birth and adoption — are important. The following is a guide for...

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