Our open adoption & Designs/Art

The purpose of this site is twofold: to educate people on open adoptions and to share my artwork with the world. If I can educate people on open adoption, inspire someone, or simply brighten a person’s day with my writing or my Designs/Art I will feel that I’m doing what I set out to do.

Enjoying the journey, 2013

Enjoying the journey, 2013

As an adoptive mom, it has come to my attention how misunderstood and feared open adoptions sometimes are from the questions I’ve gotten about my son’s adoption and through encounters that my son’s biological mother has shared with me. I want to clear up some of these misconceptions and fears by sharing our story with the world. Open adoptions can be beautiful if people can open their hearts up to it.

On this site are columns written by myself as well as those written by my son’s birthmother. Read “Our open adoption” to gain an understanding on how these columns came to be. Written initially for each other, these columns shed light on things that come up in an open adoption over the years from both sides: an adoptive mom’s and a birthmother’s; each of our perspectives help to tell our story more completely.

Karen’s columns | Birthmother columns

(Note: Names of our son’s birthparents, of our son, and of other key members of our son’s adoption story have been changed or omitted throughout this site to protect their privacy.)