Dear Ann Landers, I am the grandmother of a child who was put up for adoption. It was an open adoption, which means the adoptive parents send my son photographs and letters so he knows how his child is doing. The adoptive parents are lovely people, and my grandson is doing wonderfully. Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for them.
Every Christmas and birthday, I send gifts to my grandson because I want him to know I care about him. The adoptive parents have a second child, and I make sure to send gifts to that child, too. The rest of my family disagrees with this. They say I should distance myself from the boy and stop keeping in touch with the adoptive parents.
Tell me, Ann, are they right? Is it a mistake for me to maintain a relationship with this child? The adoptive parents have never asked me to back off, nor has my son objected to my presence in the boy's life. Christmas will be here soon, and I would appreciate your opinion. -- Torn in Texas
Dear Texas, Who, exactly, is "the rest of the family," and what business is it of theirs? These people who are giving you this bum advice should be told you are dealing with the matter in your own way and that all parties involved are satisfied with how things are being handled. (That is shorthand for MYOB, and if they don't get it, spell it out for them.)
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Adoption sickens me. You're one of the lucky ones. In "open" adoptions, eighty percent of the time, the adopters (I refuse to call them "parents") renege. There is a chance that your grandson's adopters will renege. Nevertheless I encourage you to ignore your relatives. He will need his real family some day.
Mama by choice's Comment
Texas: Please continue to be present in his life. NO ONE contacts my adopted children. Too busy with their own drama or life choices.
Deming NM's Comment
According to an article in The Atlantic (When Families Un-Adopt a Child, dated NOV 16, 2018) between 1 and 5 % of adoptions are legally dissolved each year, not 80%.
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