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.