Adoption Blog - Adoptimist
January 18, 2014

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Our Open Adoption

In 2002, when our son Houston was nine months old, my husband Jeff and I began trying to conceive a second child. After an arduous journey through failed infertility treatments and the domestic adoption process, we welcomed our son Scotty in May 2010. Jeff and I spent a total of eight years thinking, journaling, daydreaming, and asking questions. Now that our mystery is solved, we find ourselves answering questions. We’re in a unique position; we can compare Jeff’s 1963 closed adoption to... Read more…

October 31, 2013

It’s Not Too Early To Start Talking About Post-Adoption Contact

Having strange conversations with perfect strangers is strange, however, perfectly normal and necessary when it comes to the domestic adoption process. I remember Kim (my daughter’s first mother) and I speaking so matter-of-factly about oh so many personal, intimate details in those four short months leading up to the birth of our daughter (now four). We traded womb stories about why Kim was making an adoption plan and why my husband and I couldn’t have a baby. Kim shared her sonograms and birth plans with me. I shared baby names and my tentative... Read more…

September 26, 2013

4 Important Lessons I’ve Learned As An Adoptive Mom

Thanks to tired old eggs, I turned to infant adoption as my means to motherhood. Like so many women, I was more than ready and willing, if not genetically able, to be a mom. Not sharing the same DNA with my child didn’t faze me in the least. Whether it was adopting or giving birth, I knew I would love my baby wildly, madly, insanely. And with this simple knowledge I set off on the adoption path, firmly believing there is no difference between being a mom by adoption and being a mom by biology. Four years later I can tell you, I was wrong.  Not in... Read more…

August 2, 2013

Why You Should Consider Open Adoption

Did you know that over 85% of adoptions in the United States are semi or completely open? This means that in all likelihood at some point during your adoption journey, you will be communicating directly with an expectant mother. It may be a single meeting as you both confirm your desire to move forward with the adoption plan. Or it may be the beginning of a lifetime relationship for your families. This can be a daunting and even threatening concept for many adoptive parents. In this article, we’ll describe the ins and outs of open adoption so that you can... Read more…

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