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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Many children available for international adoption have had experiences that will help shape their personalities. Using role playing and thought-provoking exercises, this course helps adoptive parents reconstruct – and understand - the first year of their adopted child's life with eyes wide open.
The With Eyes Wide Open Course will help adoptive parents:
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.