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All About Open Adoptions

Open Adoptions 101


Open adoptions can be very beneficial to children. As is the case with many decisions in life, there are pros and cons to choosing an open adoption. There is always much to learn.

Start Off with an Open Adoption

An open adoption is an adoptive family and birth family keeping in contact for the benefit of a child. Contact in an open adoption can mean different things to different families. It all rests on the adults to create a plan that fits everyone's needs and expectations.

Understanding the Dynamics of an Open Adoption

Every relationship has rules and boundaries. What are some of the dynamics faced within open adoption relationships?

Opening a Closed Adoption

Many adoptions are closed due to, 'that's just the way it's always been done' attitudes. Learn more about opening adoptions and when it's a good idea to keep an adoption closed.

Prepare Your Child for an Open Adoption

If you're considering opening an adoption, don't forget to prepare the children. An open adoption will bring a lot into their lives. Don't open a flood gate and expect your child to just start swimming. The undertow may prove to be too much.

Stories of Open Adoptions

Sometimes it's good to take a peek into the lives of others and see how situations work for them.

  • One Birth Mother's Open Adoption Story - One of our forum moderators shares her open adoption story with About Adoption & Foster Care readers.
  • Diary of a Birth Mother - This is the journal of a birth mother who has placed her child in an open adoption. Read about her first year after placing her daughter.

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