How I Feel About My Daughter’s Search For Her Birth Parents

Brenda Cotter was adopted in the 1950s, when adoptions in the United States were often shrouded in secrecy. In her early twenties, she did a little detective work and tracked down her birth parents. She remembers that connection bringing her a sense of wholeness.

Now an adoptive mother herself, she’s experiencing an adoption reunion from an entirely different perspective. She writes, “When I sat down next to my daughter and looked into her birth parents’ eyes, my peace and equanimity flew out the window. I was terrified the new connection would alter our relationship in some as yet unknowable way.”

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