birth parent


: the natural father or mother of a child who has been adopted

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Recent Examples on the Web Lost to a Cult, Surviving My Parents’ Murder, and Saved by Prayer comes out Nov. 7, wants more answers about her birth parents and what happened to them in the 1980s. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 Getting people treated right away Testing someone for syphilis doesn't necessarily mean they'll get treated, though: Out of almost 2,200 congenital syphilis cases last year in which the infant's birth parent received timely testing, just 12% received adequate treatment, according to the CDC report. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 The Trump and Biden administrations have both pressed states to keep a larger percentage of kids with birth parents or kin. Eli Hager, ProPublica, 16 Oct. 2023 Not every story of children reunited with their birth parents is a happy one. Clay Risen, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Both my birth parents and adoptive parents have all died. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 Their searches were also stymied by incomplete and falsified records and local laws that prioritized birth parents’ privacy over the rights of adoptees. Choe Sang-Hun,, 17 Sep. 2023 She was sent to an adoption center by her birth parents as an infant and then to France, where she was adopted by a couple. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2023 What started out as a joyful reunion of a young woman with her birth parents soon turned sour, then shocking, and finally deadly. CBS News, 23 Apr. 2018 See More

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“Birth parent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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