Whether you’re an adoptive parent, birthmother or adoptee, open adoption can be a beautiful, life-changing experience. But it’s far from easy, especially these days in the time of COVID-19.

Every journey is, in some ways, 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 resolved an adoption 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If you have an original, unpublished open adoption story that fits this description, we’d love to share it on our blog.

Send your unpublished story, or any questions you may have, to info@americaadopts.com .

General tips and guidelines

We’re particularly interested in stories about adopting a baby through open adoption, placing a baby for adoption, or how to create strong child-centered relationships between adoptive and birth families.

If you’re an adopting or adoptive parents it could mean what drew you to open adoption, how you connected with your child’s birthparents or any advice you have for others who are beginning their journey and unsure about what to do next.

If you’re a birthparent it could mean 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.

And if you’re an adoptee or adoption professional it could mean what are your thoughts or experiences about growing up or working in adoption, as seen through your unique perspective.

Try to keep your story between 600-1000 words. 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 and we’ll be happy to spread the word.

We reserve the right to edit your piece and the 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 you started your journey
  • 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 moment
  • The best or worst part(s) of the process
  • A challenge you faced and how you overcame it
  • A pet peeve or reaction to comment that stung
  • 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 new about open adoption or yourself

Some examples:

Finding A Family To Adopt My Baby Girl Was Never About Giving Her Away
What Growing Up In An Open Adoption Has Taught Me
I Never Thought I Would Choose Adoption For My Twins But I’m Glad I Did
To The People Who Don’t Understand Why We Have An Open Adoption With Our Children’s Birthparents
After Our Failed Adoption Match I Never Thought I Would Become A Mother
I Was Born to Be An Adoptive Mama
How Placing My Baby For Adoption With A Same Sex Couple Helped My Family Grow