Adoption

Adoption

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BK Baby finds birth mum

Woman abandoned in a Burger King bathroom as a newborn gets the hug she waited a lifetime for.

Choice paves way for love

Reader's story

Faced with an impossible choice at age 15, giving her baby away leads to 24 years of love.

Adoption an 'awesome gift'

Reader's story

I thank my birth mother for having the good sense to realise she was not in a position to raise me.

A home for life

Reader's story

Sandy and David thought they were done with child rearing, but then they became foster parents.

'How much did she cost?'

You'll be amazed at some of the hurtful, ignorant things people have said to these adopted girls and their mum.

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Burger King baby

A woman abandoned at a Burger King as a newborn 27 years ago has turned to the internet to try and track down her birth mother.

TWINS

Twins find each other online

Two young women on opposite sides of the world have connected on social media and discovered they are twins.

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Philomena calls for law change

The woman who inspired the film Philomena has launched a campaign calling for access to adoption records.

Internet comments

Web transforms adoption

The internet has had a 'transformative impact' on the adoption process, but not all of it has been positive.

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The pain of not knowing

Annie Harrington has had mixed emotions about trying to contact her birth mother.

Child abuse

Wishing I was adopted

Adoption was something I wished for when my world was suddenly turned upside-down.

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Discarded, unwanted, unneeded

The trauma of being separated from my biological mother continues to haunt me like a darkened cumulus cloud.

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No anger at any party

I was adopted as a baby, only a few days old, to my mum and dad. They were always open about the fact my brother and I were adopted.

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Not ready to be a parent

I was 17 and half way through my last year of high school and I was pregnant.

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Tracking down my birth father

When I was 12, I found my birth certificate and some unknown bloke was named as my father.

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We couldn't have children

As a young couple we didn't think there would be a problem having children. We were wrong. We chose to go down the adoption path.

Newborn baby

Adoption story: Finding blood ties

It's hard to explain what it's like to look at a person you don't know, but know you wouldn't be alive if it weren't for them.

Family

Learning about my birth family

When I got married and had my own children, I wanted to find my roots so I could pass it on.

James and Heather Tuhoro, with granddaughter Rerenga Mai Max

Foster parents harder to find

Child, Youth and Family is finding it more challenging to place children as work commitments take toll.

BREASTFEEDING

Adoptive breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is considered to be one of the most natural things a mother can do. But how do you go about breastfeeding an adopted child?

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