Question: Why is open adoption good for us as adoptive parents?
Answer: Knowledge about the birth mother, when the child is old enough to ask about her, is better for the child's emotional well-being. Moreover, contact with the birth mother provides you with medical information.
Five years ago we completed an adoption where the adoptive parents agreed to exchange letters and photos with the birth mother but never made any effort to stay in touch with her. Their adopted son needed a bone marrow transplant and the doctors were searching for a match. Their best hope was the biological mother, but she had moved, and the adoptive parents couldn’t find her. If that birth mother had known that this child needed her, she would have come on the next plane.
This information was excerpted from a book written by Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide. To learn more about how Lifetime Adoption can adopt a baby or child, please call: (530) 432-7373 or visit www.LifetimeAdoption.com.