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Social Media and Adoption Reunions

Friday, July 1st, 2011

On Sunday the New York Times featured “I Found my Mom Through Facebook” in its SundayStyles section. Following this article’s publication in Sunday’s paper as well as on the Times’ parenting blog, Motherlode, several follow-up stories appeared.  Above is a video produced by the Today show, highlighting the story of one of the adoptees featured in the Times piece along with an interview with Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Lisa Belkin, editor of Motherlode. A subsequent Motherlode blog post relays the essays from the adoptees who found their birth parents on Facebook during their teen years.

While Facebook and other social media sites can be instrumental in helping adult adoptees and teen adoptees (with their parents’ permission) find their birth parents, it can also be a dangerous minefield for underage adoptees who are searching – or are being searched – without guidance from an adult. With the rise of social media, there is even more reason for adoptive parents to be open and honest with their children about their adoptions and their birth parents. Teen adoptees are very likely to search for birth parents their own, using Facebook and other social media sites, and if search and reunion has been discussed openly and honestly between adoptees and their parents, teens are more likely to turn to their parents for help.