Into the Heart of Child-Centered Open Adoption
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Adoptive parents have frequently spent years on what is an exhausting treadmill of infertility treatments, and as a result, their emotional, spiritual, and financial resources have usually taken a beating. Their baby hunger is so strong that they would climb mountains to be able to parent, and open adoption may feel just like that: a formidable mountain to climb. When one has been waiting so long to have a child, the inclination is to circle the wagons, get a baby, and close the circle in order to claim that child as one’s own. Openness may be viewed as lessening the right of the adoptive parents to become what they have waited so long to become: authentic parents. After having experienced infertility as an personal intrusion, the idea of opening their lives to a birth family is often overwhelming. They also may be fearful of having a child reclaimed, and in their minds, openness may increase the risks of this taking place.