A Meeting of the Open Minds

Two adoptive moms and a birth mother hold a round table discussion about open adoption, touching on the match, contact agreements, birth siblings, the philosophy that drives openness, and more. – While Barbara and Lori are both parenting in open adoptions, their situations vary in key ways. Their children are in different cognitive stages—Barbara’s daughter, Beth, is a preschooler, and Lori has two preteens. Lori’s daughter, Tessa, has had a steady relationship with Crystal, her birth mom, and the families live close by. Barbara’s daughter, Beth, as well as Lori’s son, Reed, have had intermittent contact with their birth moms. Here, we show you the inner workings of two open

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