Kelly’s Open Adoption Story

Open or Closed Adoption?

While it was the hardest thing I’ll ever have to do in my life, I have never once regretted my decision to place my son for adoption, and a big reason for that is because of open adoption. I was very fortunate to find parents who not only were not only everything I was looking for in parents but who also understood and embraced the concept of open adoption with their older two kids. We often joke that we are the embodiment of how open adoption is supposed to work but it is really true. I receive texts and photos all the time and am able to visit them very often. Recently, they were able to come to my parents’ house to meet some of my siblings and their families. It was such a wonderful experience to see their three kids, including my son, play with their new cousins. All three of them also love my parents, who have gracefully stepped into their role as another set of grandparents for them.

Watching my son grow up happy and healthy in his loving and stable family has been the chief joy of my life and knowing he will grow up knowing exactly who I am and where he came from brings me a lot of comfort. I often think back to the experience of meeting his future parents for the first time. We were talking about open adoption and what that means. His future dad said, “You can never have enough people loving your kid.” And, as cliché as that sounds, that’s what open adoption is all about, placing a kid in the best possible environment for them to thrive and opening up their life to let everyone love them.


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