Share Your Story With Us


Open adoption can be a beautiful, life-changing experience. But it’s far from easy.

Every journey is in its own way a triumph of courage over fear, hope over doubt, and facts over stereotypes.

That’s where your story comes in. Stories help us make sense of the world and feel a little less lonely.

Hearing how someone solved a problem, overcame an obstacle, or just celebrated a moment can make us feel better, do better, and be better.

If you have an original, unpublished open adoption story that fits this description, we’d love to share it with readers on our blog and our communities on Facebook and Twitter.

Send your unpublished story, or any questions, to Lawrence, our community manager, at .

General tips and guidelines

We’re particularly interested in stories about adopting a baby, placing a baby for adoption, and how to create strong relationships through open adoption.

For birthparents, this could include why you chose open adoption, how you found your baby’s adoptive parents, what were you looking for, and any other tips on how to navigate the process and make your relationship work.

For adoptive parents this could include what drew you to open adoption, how you connected with your child’s birthparents, and any suggestions you have for others who are beginning their journey but unsure about where to go or what to do next.

Try to keep your story between 600-1000 words (more or less or is okay, too, if the story warrants it).

If you have a photo (or photos) to illustrate your piece, please include it.

Send us a brief 1-2 sentence bio and, if you have one, a link to your website, blog or adoption profile.

We reserve the right to edit your piece and title for clarity, length and language. For more details about our guidelines, please read our Terms of Use.

Suggested topics

  • your initial impression of open adoption and how it has changed
  • how you decided that open adoption was right for you
  • the one thing you wish you had known before your started
  • the one thing (or things) you wish others knew about open adoption
  • a particular moment or memory that captures the joy of your experience
  • the biggest surprise or your proudest achievement
  • the best or worst part(s) of the process
  • a challenge you faced and how you overcame it
  • a pet peeve or reaction to a comment
  • a turning point in your journey
  • a myth or a misunderstanding that you think needs correcting
  • tips on handling the wait, or dealing with family, friends or adoption professionals
  • suggestions on how to change or improve the process
  • an incident that taught you something about open adoption or yourself

Some examples

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