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Adoption Expert Guylaine Hubbard-Brosmer, PhD, shares advice for parents who are entering into an open adoption and how to make it a great relationship and experience
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My advice to parents who are entering into an open adoptions, is first and foremost, to be flexible. They will come into the process with sort of an idea in mind of what they think would be their ideal open adoption situation. It is difficult to do that without knowing about their birth mom. If it's somebody that they really hit it off with, they may want visits more frequently. Her geography may prevent more frequent visits and lend itself more to contact via the internet. The adoptive parents should be flexible, but they should also be able to take on a certain level of risk because there is always a lot of unknowns. We tell a lot of our adoptive parents, as well as our birth parents, that they have to have the expectation that their relationship is going to evolve over the relationship over the years, just as my relationship with our birth parents has evolved over the years. They have to have that expectation and things change.

Adoption Expert Guylaine Hubbard-Brosmer, PhD, shares advice for parents who are entering into an open adoption and how to make it a great relationship and experience

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Guylaine Hubbard-Brosmer, PhD

Adoption Expert

Guylaine has both personal and professional experience with open adoption, which gives her a very unique perspective on the topic. She and her husband are the parents of two children (young adults), whom they adopted as infants and have maintained an open adoption with their birthmother for over 20 years. Her children have the same birthmother, which is more common that one would think! This past year added to her realm of adoption experience, when her daughter gave birth to, and placed a baby for adoption. 

Guylaine was born and raised in California, and is the youngest of four siblings. She has always been the type of person to get involved and volunteer, from being a class officer in middle school and high school to serving on Boards of Directors for her children’s schools, her church, Resolve (an infertility and adoption educational organization) and other community organizations. When she is not working at her position as Southern California Branch Co-Director/Home Study Supervisor/Adoption Coordinator at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC) she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, camping, playing golf,and dancing.

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