Is Open Adoption Confusing for Kids? Original Video | Adoptive Parent Voices

Denalee Chapman August 12, 2015

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.

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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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