11 Inspirational Adoption Photos | National Photograph Month

These photos give a glimpse into what open adoption can look like.

Maya Brown-Zimmerman May 03, 2016

Adoption is so many things: complicated, beautiful, sometimes messy. But at the root of it, it’s about love. These photos, submitted by adoptive and birth parents alike, give a glimpse into what open adoption can look like. Thank you to all who shared their photos!

Family Picture
1. Family Picture

"Adoption is love and family - and family pictures!" - Ashley.

Two Mamas
2. Two Mamas

"Leanna, Ruby, and me." - Melinda.

Best Friends
3. Best Friends

"My daughter waited 6 years for her baby brother to arrive. They've been best friends ever since!" - Heather

Birth Dad Time
4. Birth Dad Time

"My daughter enjoying time with her birth dad." - Terra

Wedding Celebration
5. Wedding Celebration

"My daughter's adoptive mom, me, our daughter, and my husband at my wedding."

6. Canoeing

Canoeing on Evergreen Lake with Brielle's birth mom, Kara, Brielle, Aria, and adoptive mom Corrine - Corrine

Fun at the Park
7. Fun at the Park

"Spending time at the park: my daughter's adoptive mom, our daughter, and me." - Alexandria

9. Milestone

"My son's adoptive parents invited me to celebrate his one month birthday. They're family to me, but even though they're family, my heart breaks a little every time I hear someone else call him "theirs." Open adoption is complicated. I feel guilty for having good days and feeling like I made the right decision, and sometimes I break down at nights, wishing I could hold my baby boy. I love him terribly and they are wonderful parents to him, but the grief is real too." - Lisa

We All Love Him, Part 1
10. We All Love Him, Part 1

"As birth parents and adoptive parents, we all love our son." - Brianna

We All Love Him, Part 2
11. We All Love Him, Part 2

"As birth parents and adoptive parents, we all love our son." - Brianna

My two boys
12. My two boys

"The son I parent, my birth son, and me at my birth son's band show this past February." - Roanne

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Maya Brown-Zimmerman

Maya Brown-Zimmerman is a mother of three, both biologically and through adoption. She has been blogging since before it was cool, and is passionate about everything from open and ethical adoption to special needs advocacy and patient-physician communication. In her spare time (ha!) she's on the board of directors for a medical nonprofit and enjoys medical and crime dramas. You can read more from her on her blog, Musings of a Marfan Mom.

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