Today, I’m delighted to share this video trailer of a book called Open Adoption, Open Heart written by the adoptive father of two beautiful children, and fellow-contributor to Adoption Voices Magazine, Russell Elkins.
Stories like this, and people like Russell, give me hope for the future of adoption. His children will never have to wonder what their heritage is; they will never have to act “as if” they are someone they aren’t. The gift of open adoption ensures they will grow up in a loving home yet still retain ties to their tribe.
Will they experience some sort of trauma as a result of being adopted? Probably.
That said, I expect that because they are not being asked to pretend to be someone they aren’t, coupled with the fact that they are still connected to their family of origin, will lessen the impact of that trauma. They have an excellent chance of growing up with a confidence in who they are that many adoptees from the closed system don’t have.
I have not yet read Russell’s book but I’ll be downloading in onto my Kindle later today and it will move to the top of my “to read” list. I hope you’ll consider putting it on your list too.