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After placing a child, the birth parents should seek support from others who understand what they are dealing with and have a positive outlook. If family and friends cannot provide the support the birth parents want, they should look into counseling, support groups, or online support groups that may better fit their needs. Birth parents should be aware that they have experienced some major changes in their lives by becoming parents, choosing an adoption plan, and grieving the loss of their child. They should not try to ignore these changes and jump back into the everyday lives immediately. They need to recognize the changes within themselves, seek appropriate support, and ease back into their normal lives.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|