While the amount of contact with B. has increased as time has passed, I’d always considered ours an open adoption. Even from our Day One in both her and Maeve’s lives.
Dawn’s written a wonderful post about open adoptions that not only covers some of the varied ways it’s defined — a nice primer for those new to the concept and making assumptions about what it means to all those involved — but simultaneously debunks some of its common misconceptions and talks about how foster care has impacted the movement toward openness.
Best of all, her words resonated with me as she stated what, for me and so many others, is the bottom line in all of this:
“… at the heart of it is that belief that connection — in whatever form works — matters to our kids.”
Hop on over and have a read for yourself.