Thirty men were interviewed for this study about the feelings and motivations of birth fathers who release their children for adoption. Their narratives are synthesized in chapters that address each phase of pre- and post-adoption life, from learning about the pregnancy to short- and long-term effects. Ten of the men searched or had contact with their birth children after their adoption. The text challenges traditional beliefs regarding the impact of adoption on birth fathers and represents the first reference that examines the experiences of men who give up their children. The men reported opposition to the adoption and noted the negative consequences for later relationships. Feelings of loss were common. Most of the men supported post-adoption search and contact and nine of the ten men with contact were positive about their reunion. Social workers can utilize this information in their work with men in general, young unmarried fathers, non-resident fathers, and incarcerated men. Numerous references, 5 figures, 7 tables.
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