Distance can make definitely make staying in contact between birth parents and adoptive parents in an open adoption more challenging. As shared by Meghan Rivard here are a few easy CREATIVE ways to keep in touch!!
While pictures are nice, seeing people in live video adds a new dimension. And now, in our social world, there are so many options for video chat! Almost any cell phone comes with a standard text/video option. Even at a young age, a child can gain familiarity and build love through a video session.
Taking regular pictures of the child with a certain stuffed animal or teddy bear can help gauge the child’s growth. With these photos, you could add text like, favorite word to say, favorite taste, or loves to ___. This can help the birth parents feel a great part of the child’s growth and development.
Did you know you can create a private Shutterfly site? Or Flickr account! It is free and very easy to use, and you can invite who you want to your site. It is a great way to share pictures and videos of events or milestones birth parents (and/or extended family) might not be present for.
While there is email, if you want to reach a bigger group of people, you could start a blog. Most are free and you could update it regularly for whoever wants to read it about any latest events and milestones. And you can always turn your blog into a book to keep or give to your child’s birth parents as a memento!
Choosing an open, semi-open, or closed adoption is a very personal decision. Adoption Choices of Arizona is dedicated to your adoption journey and support any level of openness that you find right for you situation.
Original article retrieved from here.