My Adoption Journey: A Teenager Share’s Her Story

We don’t often get to hear the voices of those that are adopted, especially young adoptees who are living in an open adoption. This teenager shares her story with us of open and closed adoptions. Reunions. Birth siblings and adopted siblings.

My Adoption Journey: A Teenager Share’s Her Story

If I had the choice of changing everything, I would not change a thing.

I was adopted when I was a baby. My birth mother had my older brother when she was 13 and she parented him. Then, when she was 15, she had me and she made an adoption plan for me. Finally, when she was 17, she had my younger sister, married my sister’s father and parented my sister, too.

I had an open adoption. I kept in contact with my birth mother until I was 15 years old. That’s when I met my birth father for the first time. This upset my birth mother, and she closed our adoption.

When I met my birth father, I also met my little brother for the first time; he was two years old. I was so happy. I always knew I had another sibling. I almost cried when I met him. That was the best day of my life. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love him so much.

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Sarah - Content Specialist for, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on

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