Talking about boundaries and her extended family network
At ACI we have been examining a new paradigm for thinking about the experience of adoption. This paradigm shift begins with looking beyond the poorly understood and ill-defined concept of “openness”. We have come to see that when a child is adopted, everyone related to that child becomes part of a larger extended family network. In this vignette Jennifer, a woman who placed a son more than 16 years ago, reflects on her thinking about their relationship and what may or may not occur. Clearly each person’s experience with adoption is different, and opening up the space to talk about it helps to make it manageable.