Tagged with birth family

Adoption Fears

Adoption Magazine is hosting a weekly blog hop. This week’s topic: What are your biggest fears regarding adoption? Jackson has three siblings who live with his birthmother. Iggy* is 18 months older than Jackson. However, uncontrolled seizures when he was 3 caused permanent brain damage, so functionally, he is more like a toddler. He is … Continue reading

My Thoughts on Openness In Adoption

Adoption Magazine has started a weekly Adoption Blog Hop, and I thought I might try to participate. I’m two days late this time. Oops! For this week’s adoption blog hop, the optional topic is sharing your thoughts on openness in adoption. My thoughts on openness in adoption: Openness is good. Shortest blog post ever. OK … Continue reading

Children Adopted Internationally Do Have Birth Parents

Full disclosure: In the beginning, we were looking at international adoption because I believed a bunch of the common domestic infant adoption myths, including the whole “the birth parents can come back at any time” issue. However, once I learned the facts, I really wasn’t afraid of birth parents. Now that research is showing that … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #42: Injuries

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re up to Open Adoption Roundtable #42.  Think about a time when your child has been injured or sick (or for adoptees, when you have been injured or … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #41: 2013

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re up to Open Adoption Roundtable #41.  Are you approaching openness differently in 2013? What experiences from in the past year influenced you most? Well, since we’re … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #40: Choosing Open Adoption

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re up to Open Adoption Roundtable #40.    What were your reasons for choosing open adoption? (Or, for adoptees, what are your reasons for continuing to invest in your relationships … Continue reading

Awkward Conversation

We were at a birthday party for the child of a friend of mine from high school. Although I would consider her a close friend, we don’t get to see each other very often due to distance and schedules. I haven’t seen her or her family since Jackson’s 4th birthday party. She has another friend who … Continue reading

Brilliant Because of His Birthmom?

Jackson had the homework, “Practice math with zeros.” So, I wrote him a page of practice problems. The last problem was “0 – 1 =”. He got to the last problem, first read it as “1 take away 0 =”, but when I said, “No, look again,” he said: “How do you write the negative sign?” … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #35: Grandparents

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re now at Open Adoption Roundtable #35. Write about grandparents in open adoption. I’ve known that I wanted to adopt since I was 13. My mother was … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #34: Sharing Others’ Stories

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re now at Open Adoption Roundtable #34. How do you handle such questions [nosy and/or difficult questions about your child’s birth family] when they are asked of you? … Continue reading