Open Adoption

The Opening of Adoption: The Early Years

November 11, 2013

I was delighted that Peach brought this film to my attention: The Right to Know: America’s Adoption Crisis. It’s a documentary from 1990 by Michael Branton and Elizabeth Snider and narrated by Michael Reagan, son-via-adoption of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. I’m share below 12 highlights that impressed me (bolding is mine), and I urge […]

Does Open Adoption Get Easier?

October 9, 2013

Hey, I was there at the headwaters of this Open Adoption Roundtable topic! Last week I led workshops on openness in adoption in Seattle, Portland and Eugene (OR) for an agency whose values closely align with my own, Open Adoption & Family Services.* The staff members at all three offices were incredibly hospitious (to employ […]

Openness in international adoptions: Part 3

July 20, 2013

What can be done to help internationally adopted kids? This is the question Laura Dennis posed to me recently. While I can talk all day long about theories of openness (and remember that openness doesn’t necessarily mean contact ), I brought in Judy Miller for wise counsel about the practicalities of applying those theories in […]

What I Learned About Openness in Adoption By Writing a Book on Open Adoption

May 11, 2013

Happy blogoversary to me! Six years ago today I popped my blogging cherry with a short post about my intent to join the Barren Bi+ches Book Brigade. We were soon to discuss Peggy Orenstein’s fabulous Waiting for Daisy, and that book tour turned out to be my entrĂ©e into the ALI (Adoption/natal Loss/Infertility) community. I’ve […]