The relationship between adoptive and birth parents is at once complicated, challenging, and highly gratifying. It is only natural for adoptive parents to worry about how to build and sustain a mutually rewarding connection that keeps the best interests of their child at the forefront. This seminar will explore several critical issues related to communicating with birth parents such as establishing clear agreements up front, what to do and say during the first meeting, the importance of pictures and letters, entrustment ceremonies, and steps to take when problems arise. The topic of search and reunion will also be addressed. Being informed and prepared is the first step toward alleviating anxiety and establishing a healthy foundation for you and your child.