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Birthparents are the least studied, understood and served members of the adoption triad. Birthparents are also often the invisible members of the adoption triad. For some this is by preference, and for others this is an artifact of a system that has traditionally required invisibility. This manuscript briefly reviews the limited and interdisciplinary literature on the lifelong experiences of birthparents. Much of the research attempts to predict relinquishment among adolescents considering adoption. Longer-term follow-up research is comprised mostly of retrospective studies of clinical populations. These findings, though not representative, indicate that birthparents feel a sense of loss up to thirty years following the relinquishment of their child. Counseling and research implications are discussed, including the importance of studying and providing services to international birthparents, birthfathers, and domestic birthmothers. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/GCP)

Descriptors: Adoption, Biological Parents, Counseling, Followup Studies, Life Events

Autor: Wiley, Mary O-Leary; Baden, Amanda L.


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