Understanding Open Adoption


In an open adoption, you meet your child’s birth parents and maintain contact after placement. Find open adoption information and stories here.

One man shares his birth father grief in a letter to his adopted son.

“To My Son, From Your Birth Father”

“To My Son, From Your Birth Father”

Compiling a scrapbook for the son he's never known, a father confronts his grief.

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Becoming a mother in open adoption

“Running to Mommy”

I knew it would be hard for my daughter’s birth mother to give her up. But I didn’t think I’d feel so guilty for taking her.

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One adoptive mother describes her guilt about adoption and joy.

“Becoming Craig’s Mother”

My younger son's arrival signaled the end to a decade of heartache due to secondary infertility. So why was I so sad?

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Losing touch with birth parents can be confusing for adoptive parents

“Losing Touch with Birth Parents”

When my son was six years old, his birth mother closed the door on our open adoption. Were we wrong to include her in his life?

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Choosing adoption was the right choice for this birth mother

“How I Discovered the Meaning of Motherhood”

It wasn't until the birth of my daughter that I realized my son's mother was his adoptive mother.

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An adoptive mom in a happy relationship with the birth mother

“Double the Love”

Every Mother's Day, I celebrate my relationship with my daughter's birth mother.

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A birth mother search brought Elizabeth Larsen's family closer together

“A Complicated Privilege”

Was hiring someone to search for our daughter's Guatemalan birth mother the right thing to do? We decided we had no choice but to try to meet her.

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Three brothers have a relationship with one's birth mother.

“Knowing Their Brother’s Birth Mother”

We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.

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“Our Kids Are All Right”: Birth Siblings in Open Adoption

Was moving from a semi-open adoption to a fully open one, with visits, the right decision for my birth son and for the daughter I was raising?

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A birth parent perspective on an adoption

“Finding Peace with My Adoption Plan”

As a birth mother, my path to adoption was full of conflicting feelings. But at the moment my son was born — when two women came together in the same instant to love him — I felt at peace.

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A birth grandmother with her extended family.

“Meeting the Parents Who Would Adopt My Grandchild”

My daughter "gave up" nothing when she became a birth mother. She lovingly placed her precious baby girl in the arms of parents who would prove eager to embrace us all.

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One mother tells her open adoption stories.

“Open Adoption Is…”

For our family, open adoption is peach roses, scrambling to buy bottles, and feeling out our relationship with the birth mom.

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Keeping in touch with birth mom through pictures.

“20 Years of Letters to Our Son’s Birth Mom”

Though we never heard back from our son's birth mother, I continued to write, bragging with a motherly pride I thought only she could understand.

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“Knowing Our Son’s Birth Father”

It has been hard to watch Kenneth struggle as a birth dad in an open adoption. I wish my husband and I could make it easier for him, and for our son.

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