My husband began the process of domestic infant adoption with open adoption in mind. We had no clear idea what an open adoption would look like beyond meeting the family prior to or right after the birth, sending monthly letters and pictures, and maybe having occasional visits. In reality, we are in close touch with our son’s birth mom and her family and see them every month.
Having this open relationship is an enormous blessing in our son’s adoption. If you’re pursuing domestic infant adoption, I strongly encourage you to consider open adoption. I know that it’s a scary concept. But ultimately, it’s one of the biggest gifts you’ll ever be able to give your adopted child.