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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Focusing specifically on the treatment of women considering an adoption plan for their baby, this course covers social workers' ethical considerations in infant adoption. Key principles of social work and child welfare are explored and then applied to real life scenarios.
This course will help professionals:
"I really enjoyed this presentation. I retired as the social worker for the perinatal and obstetrics unit in a major hospital working in that department for 15 years. I intend to call the unit tomorrow and ask the manager to have all the social workers and the nursing staff to take this course. Thanks for your help."
- Agnes A. Owens, ACSW, Morning Star Adoption Center
Join Dr. Karyn Purvis as she discusses her latest research surrounding attachment and connecting with children who have experienced a tough beginning in life.