What An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Open Adoption.

#TBT to Season 2, Episode 19- The Honestly Speaking Podcast

As we mentioned for the past several weeks, leading up to our re-launch of the podcast (with the brand new name of The Honestly Adoption Podcast) we’re sharing some of our favorite past episodes as a special #TBT! You can now visit the brand new landing page for Honestly Adoption (and subscribe directly to podcast updates) by clicking here.

When we adopted our first daughter, Jaala, her birth mother chose a closed adoption. We also know many adoptive families who have chosen this route. In today’s interview, Jaala shares her perspective on closed adoptions.

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We understand why birth families and adoptive families choose a closed adoption. For Jaala, her birth mother wanted her to have the best life possible. We are eternally grateful to her for making this amazing decision. But over the past decade of our adoption journey, we have formed great relationships with several of our other children’s birth families and the benefits are many.

We have become big fans of open adoptions. In fact, over the past year we have taught thousands of people how to form healthy relationships with their children’s birth families.

We love Jaala’s perspective. She has a very healthy view of this topic. The content she shares in today’s interview is insightful and encouraging to birth parents, adoptive families, and most importantly, fellow adoptees.

Listen to the podcast.

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Notes and Quotes from the show.

Our daughter Jaala did an amazing job sharing the realities of closed adoption. Here are a few take-aways she shared during our interview…

In talking about the decision to have a closed adoption or an open adoption, Jaala shared this…

We loved her take on finding your identity and where the source for your identity comes from…

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During the show we mentioned several organizations and events that were upcoming, but since this aired more than a year and a half ago, those events are long in the past. Here are links to CAFO though…

  • CAFO Summit– Join us this coming May, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

Resources and Links.

Here are a few adoption resources we mentioned during the show…

  • Adoption Support Center– This is the agency we adopted Jaala through in Indianapolis. We love these people and can’t say enough about the amazing work they do for families!
  • Bethany Christian Services– This is another great agency that has locations all over the country. We know many people who have adopted through Bethany and had great experiences.
  • AdoptUSKids.org– We love this site. They provide so many great resources for pre and post-adoptive families, and professionals.

Thank you for joining us for this episode of The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast. If you have missed any episodes, you can catch up by clicking here. If you have questions for Jaala feel free to send us an email by clicking here.

We hope you will join us next week as we kick off a brand new season, Season 3, with all new topics and interviews!

Question: What are your thoughts and feelings when it comes to a closed adoption verses open adoption? Share your answer with us in the comment section. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Tony Beyer

    Do you have any resources or suggestions for how to handle open adoption for a child with RAD?

    • Tony, stay tuned on this. We are going to air an episode very soon with Deborah Gray on attachment and bonding. Great question. If you visit http://www.honestlyadoption.com and subscribe you’ll get on the update list for this episode.