Thanksgiving. The time of year when we reflect on what we have to be thankful for.

For adoptive families, Thanksgiving often evokes strong sentiments about the way they became a family. For birth families in open adoptions, Thanksgiving can be bittersweet. A mix of feeling happy about the relationship they have with the child they placed, and feeling sad about what they miss by not always being with the child.

And what birth family (or any family for that matter!) doesn’t cherish artwork made by their child?

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