The Spirit of Magnolia

An infertility / adoption / pregnancy blog. After 3 MCs and IF testing (with no diagnosis) we shifted our focus to adoption. After being matched we discovered we were pregnant. After telling our agency about the pregnancy our match was severed. This is the story of our journey to parenthood.

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Location: Minnesota, United States

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Openess Seminar

August 9-10, 2007
Openness in Adoption
This is the required 2-day seminar for the Domestic Infant Adoption Program at our agency.

WOW - What a great seminar! We went with open minds and were amazed at the information that was provided. Our agency does a FABULOUS job pushing you to explore new ways of thinking. It really was a powerful 2 days.

The spotlight of the first day was the "Adoption Panel". This panel consisted of a birthmom, her parents, the adopted child, and the adoptive parents (and their 2 other children). They told their story and then we were able to ask questions. Everyone in the room was glued to every word. (I was a little disappointed that the birthmom was the same one that we met during PAC. I was hoping to hear someone elses story. Oh well, it was still good info!)

The second day was a full one. We had multiple sessions dealing with openness, diversity, cultural awareness, and writing a profile/Dear Birthmother letter. There was also a session during which a lawyer talked about the legal process (and risks). We got his card for future use!

All-in-all it was wonderful experience. We really learned a TON!

Now, we are in the process of drafting our own profile/letter.
My DH had already started it before the seminar so we've got a head start. There really is a lot to consider when writing such and important letter. Ive purchased a few books on the subject to help us make the most impactful letter we can. Its fun - yet scary. This is the MOST IMPORTANT letter we will ever write. How do you put your heart on a piece of paper?

Timing is everything. Laura told us that they are currently working with 12 potential birthmothers. If we get our profile/letter done soon it will be viewed by the 12!
(no pressure.... yeah right!)


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