ABOUT THE BOOK | Family Members Speak | Reviews | ResourcesMaking Room in Our Hearts:
Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption
By Micky Duxbury (Routledge 2007)
by Adoptive Family Magazine
Available at Amazon.com
Adoption has changed dramatically over the past twenty years with most birth and adoptive parents meeting during the adoption process and many continuing with ongoing contact. Increasing openness has benefits, but understandable concerns persist: will the child be confused or have mixed loyalties? Is this shared parenting? MAKING ROOM IN OUR HEARTS answers these questions by presenting the stories of birth and adoptive families who share the joys and challenges of maintaining open relationships.
Adam Pertman, Executive Director
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Author of Adoption Nation
No other book describes how important openness is from the child and teen’s perspective. As one 19 year-old put it, "I would be a completely different person if I had grown up without knowing who I was and where I came from. Open adoption has allowed me to be the person I was intended to be - with a connection to all of the people who have made me what I am.”
Whether you are an adoptive parent, an expectant parent with an unplanned pregnancy, a birth or adoptive family already in a relationship or wanting to open a closed adoption, the families in this book want to speak with you. For the sake of their children, they have taken risks they never imagined they would take, opened themselves up to people they might not usually befriend, and formed ties that often last a lifetime. Theirs is a commitment that understood that for children to have permanent, secure and loving homes, they did not have to lose their connection to the people who gave them life.