Real-Life Open Adoption Stories
Have you been wondering, "what's open adoption like in real life?" Or maybe, "I don't know if I can adopt out my baby! How do women do that?"
When you're thinking about adoption for your baby, it helps to see adoption from the perspective of a woman who has already chosen adoption. Hearing from her can help you know what to expect during the process. One of the best ways to learn about open adoption is to learn from women who have created an adoption plan for a child.
Today, you'll hear from women who have their own open adoption stories as birth mothers. Their adoption stories provide a real-life look at what open adoption is like today!
Making an adoption plan for your baby might just be one of the most difficult decisions of your life. But, it's also one of the most selfless and loving decisions. Whether you are considering adoption for your baby or child, know that you are not "giving up" — you are giving a life full of opportunities.
Videos from Women Who Chose Adoption
Are you thinking about adoption and want to hear from women like you? Watching adoption videos from women who have been in your shoes can really help! These women want to share with you why they chose adoption for their babies so that they can help you decide if adoption is right for your situation.
Their videos describe the emotions, relationships, and opportunities these women have had since they made an adoption plan for their children. Many of these birth mothers felt they were too young to be a parent. Others were already parenting and realized that they couldn't care for another child. Every birth mother is unique. And her reason for making an adoption plan for her child is, too.
Open Adoption...In a Birth Mother's Own Words
Kasey chose to make an adoption plan for her daughter when she was 18. About open adoption, she says, “I knew I wanted to have visits...The adoptive couple knew that they were going to raise their daughter to know that she was adopted and to know the blessing of adoption. It’s great for a child to know! I didn’t want there to be any awkwardness as she got older and was asking “where’s my birth mom?” She’s growing up knowing who I am, so she won’t have those questions.”
Adrianne decided on an African American married couple with a faith foundation to parent her son. “I felt nothing but warmth and love from the adoptive couple I chose. Both Doug and Cheryl, they just embraced me. It just felt like family. I’m so glad Cheryl is my son’s mom. One of the greatest things a parent could ever do is place their child into the hands of someone else to honor and love and care for them," she says.
She continues, "I often have people ask me, will I go and get my son. I wouldn’t because he has great parents who love him and care for him. I wouldn’t want to break the heart of two people who have raised him. Being able to see my son in the flesh, touch him, hear him laugh, see him smile. I can get on a plane and go see him and just see his smile and I’ll be alright.” Today, Adrianne visits her son and his family every year in Atlanta for his birthday.
Watch Videos of Women Sharing Real-Life Open Adoption Stories
On Lifetime Adoption's website, you can watch videos of birth mothers sharing their adoption story. All of these young women made the brave choice of adoption. The stories of adoption are a real-life glimpse at what open adoption is like today. We hope that watching their videos will help give insight and perspective as you begin your own adoption process!