Did you know that November is National Adoption Awareness Month? Adoption is celebrated annually on a nationwide scale this month. The month’s celebrations and events are launched with a Presidential Proclamation. The theme of this year’s National Adoption Awareness Month is "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family", which focuses older youth waiting for adoption.
This National Adoption Awareness Month, make it your goal to learn more about open adoption today and how it works. Especially if you’re hoping to adopt a baby or child, gaining knowledge about open adoption before you adopt is essential. Each adoptive family’s adoption story is unique and they all have their own circumstances. Since there’s no one type of adoption arrangement that will be right for everyone, it’s important for that you consider what is best for your family both now and in the future.
Most adoptions nowadays are classified as an “open adoption,” which means that the birth mother chooses the adoptive family for her child. It also involves some type of contact between the adoptive family and the birth family in the future. Some adoptive families stay in touch with their child’s birth mother through email and Facebook only, while others have visits once or twice a year. Open adoption is known to be beneficial for all in the adoption triad (adoptive couple, adopted child, and birth mother). For the adoptive family, it gives you access to birth family members who can answer background and medical history questions that you may not be able to. For the child, open adoption provides a sense of connection and completeness. And for the birth mother, she can have comfort in the knowledge that her child is growing up safe, healthy, and loved.
One of the best ways to learn about open adoption is from people who LOVE adoption and share their own experiences. Click on the image below to hear adoptive families' parenting experiences, as well as their personal accounts describing the joys, challenges, and rewards of raising their children: