Birthbond: Reunions Between Birthparents and Adoptees--what Happens After--

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New Horizon Press, 1989 - Adoptees - 285 pages
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This is a great book. Based on interviews with Birthparents and Adoptees this is a must read for parents who are thinking of adopting as well as biological parents, half brothers, half sisters, adoptees, etc. who are entering into new family reunions. As an adoptee who found my birthparents in my forties and some 15 years after the death of my adopted mother, the book guided me through some of the feelings that I was and would be feeling. As a person who truly loved my (adopted) parents, I thought I merely wanted to greet my bio-parents on my life journey. This book gave some of my deepest feelings words and clarity to what ended up being an emotional, joyful and difficult journey as I unravelled past memories, surpressed feelings and stories, as well as making connections where I never thought there were any. Ultimately, the book helped me accept my myself and celebrate new and old family with empathy and love. For all those birthparents and adoptees, ignorance is bliss and this journey is not for the faint of heart. This book and the reunions take courage and both are worth it if you are up to it.  

Contents

Figures and Facts
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Why Reunions Happen
33
PostReunion Basics
59
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