Our blog has been quiet lately because Katie and I have been hard at work on our new course Opening Up Open Adoption: What is it and is it right for you? Creating the course has been an interesting adventure that began almost a year ago when we dove into researching the topic of open adoption and thinking about what families considering open adoption really needed in terms of pre-adoption education. We started our learning/planning process by interviewing birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals about their experiences with open adoptions. Having learned a lot about open adoption from these families and professionals we were still keenly aware that an important voice was missing. We needed to hear from adoptees themselves.
In April of 2012, we launched an online survey of adult adoptees 18 years or older asking them to weigh in with their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on adoption in general and specifically with open adoption. 281 adoptees responded to our survey bringing us so much data to consider and offering our course a whole new perspective. Some of the things the 281 told us we expected, but other pieces of the data were surprising to us and might be surprising to you as well!
So in the coming weeks, as we get ready to release our full survey report and launch our new course, we thought we would give you a sneak peak of just some of those 281 voices and what they had to say about open adoption. We’ll be starting by sharing how adult adoptees themselves defined “open adoption.” Get your sneak peak of those definitions and some thoughts to ponder about defining open adoption here. And stay tuned for more interesting results from the 281!