Here’s an impressive resource that birth parents (or those who want to better help birth parents) will want to be aware of.
The Children’s Welfare Information Gateway hosts a vast clearinghouse of adoption-related information for all members of the adoption triad. Funded via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has become a “go to” resource for many. If you’re unfamiliar with it, please check it out by going to the following link: https://www.childwelfare.gov
They have put together a valuable 10-page fact sheet designed for specifically to address birth parent-related issues and concerns. The document is entitled Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents. As per the documents first page, the fact sheet, “discusses some of the emotional issues that parents may face after making the decision to place an infant for adoption, in surrendering the child, and in handling the feelings that often persist afterwards. It may be a helpful resource for birth parents as well as family, members, friends, and others who want to support birth parents. It may also provide insight to adopted person and adoptive parents who want to understand the struggles face by birth parents.” The document is free to read, download, print and share. The document is also available in Spanish. Here’s a link to the fact sheet: Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents
Regardless of whether you placed a child for adoption one month ago or one decade ago, having appropriate resources that address your current needs is key. Please consider giving the fact sheet a read. If you find yourself in need of more assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Family STAR at 716-639-3030.