The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. You don’t need to be part of the Open Adoption Bloggers list to participate, or even be in a traditional open adoption. If you’re thinking about openness in adoption, you have a place at the table.
Publish your response during the next two weeks–linking back here so we can all find one other–and leave a link to your post in the comments. If you don’t blog, you can always leave your thoughts directly in the comments.
One common thread running through the last batch of roundtable posts was that, even though balancing privacy concerns can be challenging, we keep blogging about adoption because the connections we make are worth the challenges.
Blogging at its best is a conversation. An interaction between writers and readers who comment or even just mull over a post long after reading it. A paper journal gives you privacy, but it can never challenge your ideas or give you insight into another perspective. It never offers support in a difficult moment. Blogging–or rather, the people reading and writing those blogs–can.
There are people inside my computer–strangers–whose words have made a difference in my family’s adoptions. That probably sounds nutty to those outside the blog world, but it’s true. And I bet the same is true for many of you. In this round, I thought it would be interesting to recognize some of those people. Because I bet a lot of those folks don’t even realize the effect they’ve had on us.
Write about a blogger (or bloggers) who influenced your real-life open adoption, and how. It might be someone who became an offline friend who supports and challenges you. Or a writer who makes you uncomfortable, but gets you thinking. Maybe a blogger who doesn’t even know you are reading. Tell us about them and how they’ve affected you.
First mom Ginger of Puzzle Pieces finds parallels between her oldest daughter and Madison, insight into the adoption process at Hoping for Another Little One and Parenthood Path, and an example of the sort of cooperation open adoption requires at The Great Surro Adventure.
First mom Amstel of Amstel Life shares some of her favorite positive adoption blogs, while noting that it’s the writers opposed to adoption who have forced her to really come to terms with the “what ifs.”
First mom Susiebook at Endure for a Night appreciates the insight This Woman’s Work gives her into adoptive parents, credits I Should Really Be Working with grounding her in the midst of her grief, and sees herself in The Happiest Sad.
Prospective adoptive parent Jacksmom at Hoping for Another Little One appreciates Ginger‘s honest appraisals of her very different open adoptions, my stories of thinking through adoption in our home, and being able to share in the growth of Luna‘s open adoption relationship from its beginnings.
Adopted adult Anonadoptee at The Adopted Feminist envisions being one of the first to have grown up in an open adoption to use her experience to support others–and generously opens herself up to questions.