What is Birth Mother's Day?

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center, explains what Birth Mother's Day is and how it helps give an adopted child a chance to learn more about his birth mother
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What is Birth Mother's Day?

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In the world of adoption, we have something called Birth Mother's Day. It's the day before Mother's Day, and it's a day that families are reminded to sit down and talk about the story of their child's adoption. Life gets crazy and it's, maybe, not something that comes up every day. It's a reminder to sit down, maybe take out a scrapbook, and tell the story of how you became a family. It's a time to allow your child to ask questions because developmentally, as they get older, their questions will be different from year to year. It's a reminder to sit down and talk about it. It sends a message it's not taboo, it's something that you welcome, which is an important part of them being proud of their story. Some families use it as a date to have the visit or make an art project or make a homemade card for the birth mother, maybe do a video chat that day. It's a reminder to talk about this day that we are all very, very proud of the way we became a family. It's important that children grow up feeling like that.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center, explains what Birth Mother's Day is and how it helps give an adopted child a chance to learn more about his birth mother

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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