5 Great Reads about Successful Open Adoptions

5 Great Reads about Successful Open Adoptions

5 Great Reads about Successful Open Adoptions

Adoption is the US is undergoing a lot of changes. Gone are the days of exclusively private and closed adoptions. As more research supporting the long term mental health benefits of open adoptions emerges, domestic adoptions are becoming more and more open. The level of openness varies from placement plan to placement plan as birth parents educate themselves on the process and entertain the possibility of having  successful open adoptions. 

Here is a collection of stories to read as you’re researching open adoptions.

Books about Open Adoption

  1. Rock Needs River  - Vanessa McGrady

What it’s about

After years of infertility and then finally adopting her sweet baby girl, Grace, Vanessa McGrady invited Grace’s birth parents to live with her after they became unexpectedly homeless. It is a true story of chaos, good choices, missed opportunities and emotional moments. The unconventional family stumbles through their new normal together making up the rules as they go. 

Why it’s a good read

This book is about growing, learning, failing and trying again. There are honest and emotional reflections on the choice to open the adoption and open the home to each other but even the hard moments are told with hope.

  1. One Mom's Open Adoption Story - Kim Green

What it’s about

Green and her husband are chosen as adoptive parents for a little boy. Initially, the birth mother is against communication. However, as time passes and when Micah is born, she  has a change of heart and all parties work to adapt to find an arrangement that is best for everyone.  

Why it’s a good read

Green very candidly speaks about the fluidity of the adoption process up until the birth. She shows that, even though it may not be comfortable, there can be happy, unconventional outcomes when all parties are willing to work together and remain open hearted.

  1. Those Three Words - Christine Bauer

What it’s about

Finding herself unexpectedly pregnant at 18, Bauer struggled with the biggest decision of her life. In a time (1980’s) when open adoptions were almost unheard of, Bauer finds a doctor that will help her place her child. This book tells her story and the 30 plus years she’s had to develop her relationship with her child, the adoptive parents and the children she’s subsequently had (both human and canine).

Why it’s a good read

With both the experience of placing a child for adoption and having a planned family later, Bauer is able to provide more than 3 decades of perspective on what successful open adoptions can look like. 

4. Life. Faith. Open Adoption. - Amy Sink

What it’s about 

Amy Sink is a birth mom, mom and open adoption advocate. She began her blog in 2009 as a way to chronicle her experience as a birth mother in an open adoption. Her blog is her emotional journey and a chance to read alongside her as she and the adoptive parents had to navigate raising their daughter together.

Why it’s a good read

Amy’s blog is an honest accounting of being a teenager confronted with a choice she never thought she’d have to make. While writing her blog about her life with her daughter’s adoptive parents, she also approaches major life milestones. She gets engaged, married and has her second child, able to include her daughter in those milestones. 

5. The Story of my Open Adoption - Leah Campbell

What it’s about

This is a children’s book about a young squirrel who’s parents take him to meet his first family. It’s a story about 2 families that love and are invested in the baby.

Why it’s a good read

Appropriate for ages 3-5, it’s a book that can be used to introduce the idea of open adoption to young children and the siblings of adopted children. It includes a letter to the parents and spaces for the family to interact with the book to make the story their own.

Successful Open Adoptions

If you are wondering how to make your adoption journey and open adoption agreement successful, these books give you a great place to start! Each one will show that every adoption journey is unique, and will reveal secrets that perhaps you’ve never known or considered before. Open adoptions truly provide you with the opportunity to have the most positive and beneficial adoption journey possible!

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