Navigating Birth Family Relationships

Navigating relationships with a child's original birth family and relatives can be nerve-wracking, heart-breaking and complicated, yet also poignant and beautiful. Children, once grown, often voice that staying connected to their biological family members is beyond meaningful, even if painful and disappointing. Nothing can take the place of knowing one's roots, identity and culture. Our job (which is hard!) is to support them and keep them safe as they seek out and explore this connection. Please also reference our Adoptee & Foster Voices, Grandparent/Relative/Kinship, Siblings, and Transracial Parenting pages for more resources.


Recommended Books & Articles

Openness-related Materials in ORPARC's library and DIGITAL library, including Openness Information Packet developed by ORPARC

Videos & Podcasts