Open adoption is about bringing peace and closure to everyone in the triad. This includes birth parents, adoptive parents, and – most importantly – adoptees.
If you weren’t adopted, you take for granted simple things. Things like having access to your original birth certificate, being able to access your family medical history, and knowing people who look like you.
Furthermore, you may not understand what it’s like to have adoption be a part of your origin story. You probably haven’t given much thought to the comfort you find in being around your biological relatives, because it’s as familiar to you as breathing air or drinking water. You haven’t had to ask yourself some fundamental questions. Who were these people who created my physical body? Did they want me? Why didn’t they raise me themselves? Who do I look like? Who do I act like? Do I have biological siblings?
Research conducted over several decades has shown that open adoption can help adoptees grapple with these and other adoption-related issues, creating better outcomes for them as they mature into adulthood.