The Role of Adoptive Parents in Birth Search

Through the years, I have received a number of calls from adoptive parents asking for advice on how to handle conversations with their child about their birth parents. They ask if they can search on behalf of their… Read More

Honoring the Adoptee’s Story: An Overview of Lifebooks and Life Story Work

Marissa Robello, LMSW, CSWA | Clinical Social Worker Finding ways to craft our own personal narratives is an essential component of the lifelong process of healthy identity development. The field of psychology calls this concept narrative identity, which… Read More

It’s Complicated

by Joanna Mittereder, LSW | Branch Social Worker Much has been written about helping adopted children and their parents navigate school projects that trigger emotional issues surrounding adoption. You know, the Trace Your Family History and Draw Your… Read More

A Birthfather’s Story

By Megan Herriott | Digital Marketing Specialist The most defining moment in Rob’s life was when he held his son, Stevie, for the very first time. Rob loves his son. And he’s a part of his life. But four… Read More

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do

By Megan Herriott | Staff Writer Fifteen years after placing her son for adoption, Gina Ledsma got in contact with Holt earlier this year. When we asked her if she was open to sharing her story, her response was… Read More

Identity, Adoption and DNA Testing

DNA testing and charting your ancestry has recently become quite popular. You may have seen commercials for sites such as or 23andMe. Many people are curious about their heritage, background and what famous person they may be… Read More

Birth Parent Fantasies

By Fran Eisenman (published by In order to grapple with the idea of a birth parent, your grade-schooler may be concocting wild fantasies. Over the years, 7-year-old Amy and her mom have had several “birth mother” talks…. Read More

“Lion” – A Movie Review

This movie really hit home. Adapted from the book “A Long Way Home,” Lion is based on a true story that is like and yet unlike any other story of loss, grief and struggling to move forward when… Read More

A Chinese Adoptee’s Birth Search

My job affords me the opportunity to bear witness to one of Adoptees’ most intimate and vulnerable experiences: birth search. Over the years, Adoptees have given me an array of reasons behind their motivation to search. Even though… Read More

Birth Parent Perspective Series

For the past several editions of the PAS newsletter, we have heard the birth parent voice from the perspective of the birth parents themselves as well as the social workers who provide them with counseling and support. Today,… Read More