When talking to family and friends about adoption plans, you may often be surprised at how little or how much they know, and how they express themselves. Perhaps they have been misinformed in the past or heard someone's adoption horror stories from the distant past. Adoption is not the dark and secret practice of the past but an open option for couples everywhere to meet with birth mothers and plan futures. Here are resources to help to share your plans, and find ways of dealing with the insensitive or uninformed.
Adoptive parent and author Patricia Irwin Johnston offers some thoughts on telling family and friends about your adoption plans.
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Excerpted from Pat Johnston's book, "Adoption Is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know".
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