Five Ways Open Adoption is Like a Marriage

Why your adoption journey just starts at placement.

Terra Cooper August 29, 2014

Open adoption is a fairly new concept, especially the extent of openness some adoptions have now. For those of us in these open adoptions, it is just our new normal. Many people outside of the situation, though, have a hard time understanding how it works. Really, it is just about as simple as a marriage! I think that it can even be considered a commitment more often honored than marriage. Unfortunately half of all marriages end. Your relationship with your child’s birth or adoptive parents will never end. It is a lifelong commitment. It is one of the biggest, most important decisions in your life. If you are an expectant parent, you are out there to find the right family for your child. If you are a hopeful adoptive parent, you are out there to find your child and their birth parents.

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Terra Cooper

Terra Cooper is a Staff Storyteller at She is a mother of three-- two boys and one girl who was adopted. She is also a professional wedding photographer, a self-proclaimed foodie, and a TV/movie addict. Visit her website.

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