Jason & Bethany

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What Open Adoption Means to Me

I recently wrote a blog post on our other blog about my thoughts on open adoption. Here’s what I shared:

This is what I think of when I say “open adoption”:

- Text messaging you photos and videos when your child reaches a milestone or does something hilarious or heart melting.
- Having you and your family at your child’s first birthday. After all, you will be giving birth to your child. It only seems right that you would be there.
- Family get-togethers with our family and yours.
- I want your child to call you “Mama (your first name)” and your parents Grandma and Grandpa (or whatever version they prefer). And I want my family to feel unified, so I would like to ask your parents if Aria could also call them Grandma and Grandpa.
- I want you to be there at your child’s high school graduation.
- I want you to be there when we drop off your child to college.
- If you have a son, I want to share his first dance at his wedding with you. Obviously, he would have to be ok with that, but this is my desire. And whether you have a son or daughter, I want you to sit next to me in the front row at your child’s wedding ceremony.

I know we won’t always get along or agree with each other, but I can promise you that we will always be there to work it out with you. We won’t disappear.

We understand the importance of a child knowing where he or she came from, and because of that, we are fully committed to having a lifelong relationship with you. And I think it goes the other way around as well. We understand the importance of you knowing your child, and so we want you to have a relationship with him or her.

We understand that open adoption may mean something very different to you, so please know that this list isn’t a “take it or leave it” list. We would be happy to edit it with you so that it fits all of our comfort levels.

We look forward to meeting you!

About This Diary

Welcome to our adoption diary! We'll be sharing what we've been up to, our thoughts on adoption, and funny moments with our two year old. We also have a blog which you can find by clicking the link "other website" on the Main tab or by pasting this link in your browser: http://jasonandbethany.wixsite.com/adopt

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Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jason & Bethany

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