Role of birth family

Adoption Expert Guylaine Hubbard-Brosmer, PhD, explains what the role of the birth family is in her open adoption and how they have been supportive to her
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My kids have the same birth mother. Her other family member have always been very involved in the whole process. We've maintained independent relationships with them. In particular, her mother, who is my kids' birth grandmother. I am very close to her because she was so supportive of my kids' birth mother at the time of placement in reassuring her and reminding her that we were the parents. My two kids are her first two grandkids. They will always be her first two grandkids. She always wanted to capitalize on that. Even when birth mom wasn't around and lived out of state, her mom would still come and visit the kids. Now that all of the kids are older, birth mom has three kids with her husband. Two of them are in their teens and the other one is a little guy in grade school. Our kids all refer to each other as siblings, make that reference as brother and sister. They are friends on Facebook and chat with each other, even if it's just, "Hey, what's up?" They have those types of conversations with each other as if they were in the same room.

Adoption Expert Guylaine Hubbard-Brosmer, PhD, explains what the role of the birth family is in her open adoption and how they have been supportive to her

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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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