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Top 5

Ding dong, 2018 is dead. Meh…for me and my family, 2018 wasn’t the worst and it wasn’t the best. How about for you?

As we begin a fresh new year full of promise and hope, let’s take a look at the Top 5 posts on this blog from the year that just ended, 2018.

#5…OA 101: What IS Open Adoption?

What IS open adoption anyway? To invoke Inigo Montoya, it may not mean what you think it means.

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#4…OA 101: Two Keys for Parents Entering into Open Adoption

Two key points to help adoptive parents create healthy open adoption relationships and maintain them over the years.

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#3…What Carolyn Hax COULD Have Said

The one in which we ponder why telling the truth in adoption is such a big ask.

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#2…When an Open Adoption Doesn’t Feel Safe

“We have open adoptions for some of our children. But with one, the birth parents don’t feel safe to us. How do we navigate this?

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#1…Does an Adopted Child Really NEED a Therapist?

Adoptee Anne Heffron garners the top spot of the year by addressing the issue of whether or not an adopted child will need therapy if the adoptive mom is there to listen and comfort.

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Happy 2019 to All of You

May your coming year be full of connection with yourself and those you love. Thank you, dear Readers, for being here with me over the years.

Lori Holden's book cover

Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a young adult daughter, writes from Denver. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life. Catch episodes of Adoption: The Long View wherever you get your podcasts.

Lori was honored as an Angel in Adoption® in 2018 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

8 thoughts on “Top 5”

  1. There’s so much good material here, but my favorite posts are when you redo the advice columns. Given how badly they tend to address questions about adoption (and infertility), it’s refreshing to see advice to these letters that is thoughtful and relevant.

    2018 was definitely a meh year for us too. Here’s to 2019 being fat better!

  2. Happy New Year, Lori! I love that your top 5 are you doing what you do best…championing openness in all its forms and not shying away from the complexity involved. I love your kind heart, and may 2019 be more than meh for you and your family!

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