Dear Birth Grandparents: We Need You

20 quotes on one real life open adoption

Jessie Lundell July 16, 2014

Going through the adoption process and meeting multiple expectant parents, I have realized what a huge impact these expectant parents’ parents have on whether or not placement happens. Parents, you can offer a huge amount of love and support to your child during the hardest moments in their lives. You can buoy them up, offer encouragement, and share in their tears.  

I recently listened to a Whole Story Panel that was made up of my friend Amanda and her husband, who are adoptive parents, two of their three kids’ birth moms and all three of their kids maternal birth grandparents. Hearing these birth moms and grandparents talk about how adoption has touched their life was amazing! I was in tears the entire time. Hands down, this has been the best and most inspiring panel I have ever heard. Here are a few things that birth grandparents have to say about maintaining an open adoption with their grandchildren.

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Jessie Lundell

Jessie loves CrossFit, competitive waterskiing, cooking, and eating dinner as a family every night. She is the mother, through adoption, of one very active 2-year-old and a new baby boy! Jessie and her husband are the chairs over a local adoption group, United for Adoption, and enjoy advocating for open adoption and educating the community about adoption.

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