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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A fear they will not be able to maintain connections with their birth families and their past may cause a teen to react negatively to an adoptive family.
Created by the Family Connections Project through Adoptions Unlimited, Inc., this course will help child welfare professionals:
Please note: No certificate of completion is available for this course.
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.