Have you heard the term “open adoption,” but weren’t really sure what it meant? How “open” do you have to be? Do you have to talk to the biological parents all the time? Do you have to take vacations together? I’ve spoken with a lot of families who were interested in adopting, but were scared about having an open adoption. My guest, Sheila K. Chester, dove all into two open adoptions and she’s here to talk about what it means and share what she has learned through her journey.

Sheila Chester is a worship leader at a Christian church in Colorado, a marketing manager, and she’s here to share her experience of adopting her children after years of struggling with infertility.

In this conversation, Sheila discusses the importance of open adoption, setting boundaries with biological families, and allowing children to explore their roots.

  • Understanding open adoption
  • Creating safe boundaries
  • Embracing motherhood and taking care of yourself
  • The importance of normalizing adoption
  • Having empathy and compassion for the biological families
  • Pursuing IVF
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Is there complexity with adoption? Yes. There’s the need to have courage, willingness, and effort in building relationships with adopted children and their biological families. It takes unconditional love and sacrifice – much like Jesus’ love for us. 

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