When some close friends and family share concerns about an adoptive parent’s open adoption, often the question arises: “Won’t your child be confused with open adoption? Isn’t having a birth mother and an adoptive family confusing?” This panel discusses their experiences with open adoption.

They’ve found that their adopted children are only confused when they discover that some friends don’t have a birth mother. Growing up in open adoption really means “open.” It means that children learn that their family extends beyond their parents and siblings and includes others who love them. Keeping communication open, thoughtfully answering questions, and encouraging your adopted children to communicate concerns will lead to a comfortable open adoption.