De-freakifying open adoption…wherever you are

November 19, 2008

in Adoptive parenting, Birth parent, Open Adoption

For a few years, Crystal (my daughter’s birthmom) and I have offered classes to hopeful adoptive parents about the ins and outs of creating a successful open adoption.

Some students are exploring the idea of adoption. Some are trying to decide between the domestic and the international routes. Some are seeking information to calm their own fears and give them ways to explain OA to friends and family members. And some are actively working on their adoption profiles.

Distance was a problem for people who don’t live in the Denver-metro area.

We have remedied that. Crystal and I are now available for 2-on-2 consulting about developing a healthy open adoption, either in person (in the metro-Denver area) or by phone. And we’re cheap very affordable.

Here is a description of the session, written by a woman who attended our class and said that seeing our relationship at work was very helpful in de-freakifying open adoption:

When considering adoption, many couples don’t know where to start: It’s sometimes hard even knowing what questions to ask. In a setting that is one part classroom, one part coaching session, and one part storytelling, two mothers in an open adoption share their insights and experiences. You’ll begin with a focus on the differences between open adoptions and closed adoptions—for parents and for children—and explore practical and emotional issues related to open adoption. Specific topics covered include 20 questions to ask before you select an agency, how to minimize the pitfalls along the way, steps to ensure an ethical open adoption, and secrets of successful open adoptions.

Your phone or coffee-shop session will be co-created by the four of us. We each lead and follow as Crystal and I (1) share with you what we have experienced and built; and (2) answer your questions.

Our consulting fee is just $1 a minute, with a 30 minute minimum.

One couple who attended our class had this to say.

Want to talk with us further or set up a time? Email me.

Crystal and I look forward to chatting with you.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

chicklet April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Very very cool. Between the stuff with your sister, and this, I just may be on the phone to your family a bunch in the near future!

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Deathstar April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Thank you, Lori, I’ll keep it in mind.

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Baby Smiling In Back Seat April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Good luck! I’m sure you will be an enormous help to even more hopeful parents now.

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IdleMindOfBeth April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

SO awesome that the 2 of you are doing this! What a wonderful resource you are to the adoption community!

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Very very cool. Between the stuff with your sister, and this, I just may be on the phone to your family a bunch in the near future!

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Deathstar April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Thank you, Lori, I’ll keep it in mind.

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Baby Smiling In Back Seat April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Good luck! I’m sure you will be an enormous help to even more hopeful parents now.

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IdleMindOfBeth April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

SO awesome that the 2 of you are doing this! What a wonderful resource you are to the adoption community!

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battynurse April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Sounds like a fantastic class and very helpful to those exploring adoption.

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m April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Lori, you (and Crystal) are amazing. Where or where were you 34 yrs ago? Love that you do this. Thank you.

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Melissa April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Most excellent!!

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My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Very cool!

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battynurse April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Sounds like a fantastic class and very helpful to those exploring adoption.

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m April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Lori, you (and Crystal) are amazing. Where or where were you 34 yrs ago? Love that you do this. Thank you.

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Melissa April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Most excellent!!

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My name is Andy. April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Very cool!

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Christine April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

That is fabulous! Three of our children are adopted (OA) – two of which have birth family in HAITI!

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Christine April 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

That is fabulous! Three of our children are adopted (OA) – two of which have birth family in HAITI!

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Luli Batista September 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hi Lori,

Could you please email me so we could chat about a documentary series that I am working on based on open adoption? I’d really appreciate your input and would love to chat with you about it. Thank you! Luli
AdoptionShow@gmail.com

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