Below are some common issues that both sides often face.
Many open adoption relationships have a warmth that comes from having shared a common difficulty - allowing yourself to be vulnerable to another human being, responding to that person’s vulnerability and being committed to a common goal, that of the child. The birthparents may seem like good friends of the family, gathering on holidays, or for the child’s birthday, and for other special occasions just as families would do.
Like all relationships, your open adoption will have peaks and valleys. As you overcome each hurdle, you will learn what to expect from each other and will gain confidence in your ability to make the relationship work.
Credits: Adoption Network Law Center
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