Supporting Birth Mothers, Strengthening Families.
Landino, Diane. Leksander, Susan Dusza Guerra. Romer, Susan.
On Your Feet Foundation Northern California.
Published: Fall 2013
Vol. 46, No. 4 , p. 30-32
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Findings from a national survey of 235 birth mothers are shared that indicate most birth mothers are in their twenties, have had some college education, and may be parenting other children at the time of the adoption. The survey found 83% reported begin involved in some type of open adoption and motives for the adoption included love for the child and a genuine desire to provide the child with the best possible circumstances. This article highlights a biannual retreat for birth mothers sponsored by On Your Feet Foundation Northern California, and discusses the need to provide and pre- and post-placement services to birth parents. Characteristics of birth mothers, reasons they place their children, and their post-placement experiences are discussed, as well as services they say they need and service implications.
Birth mothers; Voluntary relinquishment; Individual characteristics; Emotional problems; Grief; Open adoption