Open adoption is a general term that refers to contact between birth and adoptive families. Most domestic infant adoptions today encompass some degree of openness. In several states, open adoption relationships are defined and agreed upon in a legally binding contract. In other states, however, the agreement is an informal one between the parties involved, without the legal underpinnings. Ask your agency or adoption resource which laws will apply to you.
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"When I think about the evolution of my identity, one thing that literally and figuratively rises to the top - my hair!" - April Dinwoodie, transracially adopted person and chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute.
As parents of black children, you may be struggling with how to care for and style your child's hair. Unsuccessful attempts and advice from others may affect your confidence as a parent.
Tending to your child's hair and skin properly can boost not only a parent's self esteem, but also a child's and can help connect the family to the child's heritage and culture.
Learn basic techniques and styles from an expert stylist. How-to videos are easy to follow and offer great advice for all hair types.
Learn important tips on scalp and skin care, paying special attention to cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection, in particular.
Traditional discipline methods can be ineffective and even potentially damaging for adopted children - children who have experienced loss. Learn how to correct behavior while focusing on keeping a strong connection with your child.
Great tips for caring for skin of color. Learn more about hair and skin care in Braids, Curls, Twists & Twirls: A How-To for Natural Black Hair Care