When 23-year-old Amy Seek decided to give up her baby son for adoption, she assumed that closed adoption – where she would never see her son again – was her only option. But in the US, where Amy was living at the time, she spoke to the Catholic Social Services and learned for the first time about open adoption.“When the counsellor explained open adoption – that I would be able to select the parents and know my child – adoption suddenly seemed more humane, more possible,” she told Huffington Post UK.
Open adoption, which allows contact between the birth family and the adoptive family, is rare in the UK but more common in the USA. So what is open adoption? There are three types:-
- direct contact, with face-to-face or telephone contact between birth family and adoptive family;
- indirect contact, the exchange of letters, cards and gifts between the birth and adoptive families;
- links provided by the birth or adoptive family, and retained by the adoption agency to be passed onto the child in the future, if requested by the relevant person.
Amy, now 39 and living in London, says,“When my son was four he’d smile sobroadly when I’d arrive, he’d show me his toys and want to play with me.” She sees her son, who lives in the US, between three and seven times a year.
Read more about open adoption in this article at Huffington Post UK.
Read this true story about an open adoption.
If you’d like to share a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet:
Amy Seek #adoption #truestory https://wp.me/paZ3MX-8L via #AdoptionStoriesBlog