Seeing a post on adoption.com titled “The New Wave of Adoptees” with a tag line of “Growing up in the age of openness.” I clicked the link.
Written by the Adoptive Mother…pertinent snippets below…
“Now in their twenties, they are in the vanguard of the new generation of adoptees who have grown up with openness—in which adoption is definitely NOT a family secret.”
“Both girls came into my life as infants, both in closed adoptions. I was told in both cases that the birth parents chose not to be identified, chose not to have contact.”
“Upon entering their 20s, both girls felt ready to make their first contact and decided that personal letters would be the best sort of overture for them.”
You know what would make this new? Having the ones adopted actually grow up in an open adoption AND having written this article themselves.
Methinks nothing much has changed since my day…when adoption was not a secret, and was talked about – there just wasn’t the internet to prove it…but you could go to Adoption Network Cleveland facebook page and scroll down and see the pictures of adoptees (old adoptees like me), lined up for blocks on opening day to get their original birth certificate, somehow they seemed to know about being adopted.
Have a safe weekend…