The individuals who together conceive a child; this term is generally used to refer to the genetic parents of an adopted child. More popularly used descriptive terms are "birthparents" or "biological parents" of a child. Sometimes the term "genetic parents" is contrasted to the term "psychological parents." The psychological parents are the individuals the child mentally and emotionally identifies as parents. (See also BIRTHPARENT; PSYCHOLOGICAL PARENT.)
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