If you are considering or in the process of adopting a child through an agency like A Child's Dream, you have to decide if you are willing to have an open adoption. In an open adoption, the birth parents are allowed to stay in touch with your child. You may send them yearly updates about their child, and they may send birthday cards and potentially visit with your child a few times a year. Here are a few ways an open adoption can expand your child's life.
An Open Adoption Will Give Your Child A Greater Sense Of Their Personal History
Think about all the stories you heard growing up about what your grandpa or great-grandpa did. Did you feel pride in these stories? Did you enjoy knowing information about the people that you descended from? If you answered yes to those two questions, that is completely natural. Most people have some desire to understand a little about their history and about the people who their parents and grandparents came from.
Although you can share and pass on your own family history to your child, there is something special about knowing the history of the people who share your genes. In an open adoption, your child will be able to gain a sense of their family history through their birth parents. They will be able to ask their birthparents any questions they may have about their family history.
Your child will have the unique experience of having two different tales of their family history; that of their adoptive parents and that of their birth parents.
An Open Adoption Will Allow Your Child To Develop Additional Relationships With Adults Whom Love Them
One of the best benefits of an open adoption is that it will allow your child to develop additional adult relationships with people who love them. Your child will grow up knowing that you and your spouse love them and are there for them in their everyday life. Your child will also grow up surrounded by the love of all their grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends that you have.
They will also grow up knowing that their birth parents love them and cared about them enough to make sure that they grew up in a loving home.
Additionally, your child, depending on the relationships that you develop with their birth parents, may also grow up knowing their birth grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Your child will grow up with an extensive support system. They will always have someone to turn to.
If you are considering adoption, you should consider if an open adoption is the right choice for your child. An open adoption can allow your child to have access to their entire personal history. An open adoption can allow your child to develop relationships with many different adults who love them.