Welcome to Soul Of Adoption!
Adoption is a vast subject with different experiences of those who have a connection with it. It ranges from good adoptions through to bad adoptions with most somewhere in between good and bad. These days there are open adoptions, semi-open adoptions, and closed adoptions although open and semi-open adoptions can be closed with there being very little that the parents of origin can do about this. It is in the child’s best interests to have access to information such as medical information. Each one of us has our own truths to share and should be respected for having the courage to talk about our experiences. We can educate and learn from each other in a space dedicated to adoption and also from foster care.
Foster care covers long term, short term and even foster to adopt, and also includes kinship, special and private fostering. Respect for those who foster and for formerly fostered adults is equally as important as in adoption.
Adoption practices have changed significantly over the course of the 20th century and reform has its place. Opening records are happening more now in the USA but there are still States that have closed records. Improving adoption and encouraging family preservation has arisen from suggestions that the secrecy inherent in modern adoption may influence the process of forming an identity, create confusion regarding genealogy and provide little in the way of medical history.