"Open Adoption Works for Us"

One family's open adoption built a relationship between adoptive parents and birth parents that has enriched everyone's lives.

A happy family in an open adoption
I paced the room, trying to contain my panic. My three-month-old daughter, Christina, refused to be calmed. Her birth mother and birth grandmother looked on in quiet reserve. What must they be thinking, I wondered? Was her birth mother regretting her decision? Had they ever seen anyone so inept at mothering? “Oh, please, please, just stop crying,” I whispered gently into my daughter’s ear. I had not planned our first visit to be like this. My house was spotless — ...

From a rocky start, we’ve built a relationship with our children’s birth families that has enriched their lives, and ours.


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