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I would just like to say to both Shannon and Melissa -
You women are amazing! You give me hope that someday I will be able to find a woman who is willing to give me the most precious gift in the world.
I have lost 2 children to genetic conditions, and have been advised that it would most likely be the result of additional pregnancies, so I am seeking adoption as a means to answer my prayers! I pray I am able to be blessed to find a woman half as special as the 2 of you!
Thank you for your openness.
To SaraEllen - the physical process of adoption (from a hopeful adoptive mother) is not very difficult. You must seriously be ready for a lot of emotional ups and downs though. All in all, the gift of adoption is a very special process. If you have any specific questions, please ask!
Shannon and Melissa, so glad to see hear to offer another perspective to adoptive parents. So often times birthmothers are an abstract to adoptive parents, especially in closed or international adoptions where there is no personal contact.
I'm so pleased Melissa that you are involved in an open adoption, what a wonderful gift for your child!
My DH and I are in the adoption process now. We are going through Department of Social Services to adopt a newborn. So far I am scared to death and so nerous about it all. You ladies are wonderful for being strong enough to be a birth mom!
I'm also a birthmother. Relinquished my 2nd son in 1992 in an open adoption. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience. I've remained in contact with them, and we get together at least once a year. He know's he's adopted, and know's I'm his birthmom.
I'd also be happy to offer any help/advice or even just some insight to the birthmothers side of the whole process.
I was even on a local TV talk show with the adoptive parents and the birthmother of their other adopted son.