5 Ways to Support the Birth Parents in Your Life During the Holiday Season

These ideas are guaranteed to boost holiday cheer!

Meghan Rivard December 16, 2015

Whether you have an open or closed adoption, there are ways you can support and honor your child’s birth parents during the holiday season. But remember, as adoptive parents, we should support and honor our child’s birth parents, not only during the holiday season but all year.

Pay them a visit.
1. Pay them a visit.

If you have an open adoption and live within the vicinity of the birth parents, consider a visit or Skype with them during the holiday season. The holidays can be emotionally challenging and a visit could be beneficial for both the birth parents and child.

Make them something.
2. Make them something.

Make them a small craft or gift. There are many cute holiday related craft ideas that your child could make and mailed to the birthparents to let them know you are thinking about them.

Talk about them.
3. Talk about them.

If it is not harmful to the child, talk openly to them about their birth parents. You may little information about them or you may have frequent contact with them. If it is an open adoption, it is important to maintain open communication and honor the birth parents with information/visits that work for all involved. It is important that the child is not afraid to ask questions concerning the adoption and relationships in the present and in the future.

Pray for them.
4. Pray for them.

If you are religious, pray for your child’s birth parents. You could even incorporate them into your children’s nightly prayers.

Attend a cultural event.
5. Attend a cultural event.

If your adoption is transracial, establish a tradition of attending a cultural event. If you can, go with your child’s birth parents! It will enforce to the birth parents and to your child the importance of their cultural background.

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Meghan Rivard

Meghan is an adoptive mother and a big advocate of adoption and foster care. She resides in Indiana with her husband, their one-year-old daughter who is the center of their lives, and their dog Max. She has a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Meghan stays at home with her daughter but is so happy she found this outlet to share her personal adoption story and educate about adoption!

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