While many of the adoptive families connected to the Coalition for Children, Youth and Families have open adoptions, there are a variety of circumstances that do not allow that type of relationship with birth families. In fact, there are families who have adopted children internationally or through safe haven laws and know little or no information about the child’s birth family. A few months ago, one of our Resource Specialists was viewing a webinar about open adoption. She couldn’t help but think, what can these families do to support their children’s curiosity about their past?
This question was posed to the webinar facilitator, Lori Holden, who posted a response on her blog. (The thoughtful and detailed response can be seen on Lori’s website, LavenderLuz.com.) We also encourage you to view our new tip sheet: Missing Pieces: Talking to Your Child about Adoption when Information is Lacking. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, you can check out Lori’s book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, from our resource library.
Whether your family was formed through an open or closed adoption, you may have questions about how to talk to your child about their birth family. We are always here to help you navigate your adoption journey – Resource Specialists are available for support at (414) 475-1246.
We want to thank Lori Holden and Gayle Swift for allowing us to share their blog post for this edition of Under the Umbrella.