The First Year of Our Open Adoption

Four families in open adoption share their stories — ranging from minimal contact with birth parents to frequent visits and Facebook updates.

One of the four families in open adoption.
They are the same in any adoption: excitement, nervous anticipation, overwhelming joy, and perhaps some moments of sadness. The emotions prompted by the process of adding to one's family — whether at the hospital or the airport — are profound. But what happens when welcoming a new child means embracing a new family, too? In an open adoption, those early days of getting to know a child often involve getting to know his birth mom, birth father, biological siblings, and ...

Families with different levels of contact offer glimpses into their relationships with birth parents during their first year home.

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