When I think about "open" as it relates to adoption, the words love, honesty, commitment, hard, vulnerability, connection, bittersweet, joy, wisdom, grace & healing come to mind.
Openness means loving Isabel's birth family well & being committed to maintaining our connection with them. Openness means being committed to helping our child understand her story & her identity. Openness means facing the hard stuff together. Openness means always speaking to our daughter about her adoption story with honesty, because honesty leads to healing. Openness means being vulnerable to share our story with the world so that others can see the redemption & hope that adoption offers. Openness means we embrace both the bitter & sweet parts of adoption...we celebrate the incredible joy adoption has brought to our family while recognizing the significant loss our child & our child's birth family have endured. Openness requires wisdom & grace. When I think of the word "open" I think of striving to do what's best for everyone involved in the adoption triad.
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