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About the Editor

My husband and I have been blessed with two children through open adoptions. We live in a small community in the Pacific Northwest where I pursue my careers as a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. I am an active member of a locally based adoptive families support group,Friends in Adoption, and am currently on their board of directors. In addition, I regularly make presentations to others considering adoption.

My husband and I both believe that open adoption is in the best interest of our children and family.What is open adoption? Open adoption and openess in adoption are often frightening terms to those entering the world of adoption and completely misunderstood by those outside of adoption. Even the word open is ambigious and is used by different people in different ways.

Perhaps a good place to start is with a very emphatic definition of what open adoption is not. Open adoption is not co-parenting, either from a legal standpoint or an emotional standpoint. Open adoption works for those families, both adoptive and birth, willing to make a commitment of faith to its process. Our children's birthfamilies are as respectful of our right to parent as we are of their desire to be a part of their children's lives. We are all richer from the experience and while not always easy, open adoption does work and works successfully for those having the faith and determination to make it work. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have regarding openness in adoption. I am always happy to share my experience.

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