Adoptive Parents Answer How to Involve Your Extended Family in Adoption Original Video | Adoptive Parent Voices

Denalee Chapman August 18, 2015

Educating extended family members about adoption, terminology, appropriate relationships with birth families, etc., can be challenging. Often, extended family members may have strong feelings and expectations regarding the types of adoption (open, semi-open, closed); yet, adoptive parents and birth parents may have different expectations. Generally extended family want what is best for the adoptive parents. However, a lack of experience and education about adoption will sometimes lead to confusion, or sharing of opinions in a way that is less than helpful.

In this video, panel members share their specific experiences as they involved their extended family in the joy of adoption.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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