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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Research shows that a couple's feelings about their infertility and the ability to manage those feeling of loss, are highly correlated with positive adoption outcomes.
Recognizing the losses you have suffered, and understanding how the adoption process often stirs up many of the same feelings and frustrations as infertility, are essential to recognizing adoption as an opportunity – a wonderful way to build your family.
Pat Irwin Johnston, author and adoptive mom discusses: