|By Mary Martin Mason|
Although some of the seventeen men interviewed for the book are considered birthfathers by the author because of their lack of contact with their children through divorce or abandonment, most are birthfathers through placement for adoption. Their stories resonate with universal feelings of love for their children, whether the adoption happened only weeks before or decades ago. Other emotions they share are shame over not being able to assume the role of "Dad," fear and sadness over the unplanned pregnancy as well as terminating parental rights, and loss and grief over the separation from their children.
Whether you are a prospective adoptive parent waiting for your first child or you already have one or more children, whether your adoption includes an involved birthfather or you know nothing about him, this book offers a wealth of information and increased understanding and even compassion.
Perhaps if we can begin to change the culture of adoption to be more inclusive of expectant/birth fathers from the beginning, there will be fewer of them in the shadows.
We'd like to hear from you. What has your experience been with birth fathers? How can they be more included in the adoption community?