When Christine Bauer was an 18-year-old college student just beginning pursuit of her educational goals and life dreams, she didn’t expect to confront what she refers to as “those three words” – “You are pregnant!”
Now, 34 years later, Chris has used Those Three Words as the title of an eloquent, moving book that tells the story of her choice to place her baby for open adoption and the remarkable relationships that have developed over the years among everyone involved.
Open adoption was uncommon when Chris gave birth in the 1980s, but Chris’ experience in the years since shines a light on the possibilities of open adoption as a viable positive option for birth parents, children and adoptive families. You will be touched by this hopeful story of love and choice.
What has been your knowledge or experience of adoption among people you know? How might open adoption prevent some of the emotional challenges faced by birth parents, adopted children and adoptive parents in the more secretive, closed processes that have been more common in the past?
Chris Bauer’s website and book
Bellis, adoption education and support
Bonnie Rough show on sex education, as referenced by Chris