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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Talking about adoption can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it's hard for you because you don't know what to say, or because you're afraid you'll say the wrong thing and hurt your child. Talking about adoption should not be a one-time conversation. This course gives you the tools you need to make talking about adoption part of your family's everyday life.
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Michelle Madrid-Branch shares her personal journey and the things that helped and hurt along the way. An adoption-competent therapist joins her with advice on what adoptive parents can do to help foster a healthy sense of self, while keeping their adopted children company along the way.
By using - and teaching others about - positive adoptive language, adoptive families help tear down adoption misconceptions. This article helps families understand which phrases and words are the most positive and why.