Adoption Myth #1: You Won’t Know What Happens To Your Child

For You From The Word

We have spoken freely to you and opened wide our hearts to you.
(2 Corinthians 6:11, NIV)

For You To Think About

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to increase understanding about adoption. Birth parents, in particular, face multiple misconceptions as they consider the adoption option.

Adoption Myth #1: If you place your child for adoption, you won’t know what happens to him.

The Truth: open adoption allows for sharing of information.

worried womanA 2012 study by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute found that 95% of private adoptions in American are open adoptions In an open adoption, the birth mother (and/or the birth father) chooses the adoptive family for the baby. Both parties agree to the sharing of information and to a designated level contact.

Open adoption can vary in its level of communication. The birth parents choose a family based on the degree of openness they desire. Typically, the birth mom and birth dad write an adoption plan for the child which includes choosing the adoptive parents and exchanging letters, pictures, and perhaps visits with the child.

In an open adoption, a child grows up knowing where he came from, his medical history, and that the decision to place him for adoption was a decision made out of love. The birth parent can keep up-to-date as much or as little as she wishes.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Help me to understand about adoption and be informed. Give me an opportunity to talk with someone about adoption and share accurate information.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More About Adoption Awareness

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A Myth and a Truth About Adoption

Birth Mothers in MTV Documentary Consider Adoption

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