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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Raising Black Boys is an honest dialogue about some of the tough realities and complex issues that Black children may experience and how their parents can guide, support and prepare them for a society that is far from color blind.
Join us for a moderated panel of African American men. Our panelists come from all over the country and from varied backgrounds. Some were transracially placed as young children. All are distinguished professionals in their respective fields.
They will reflect back to their childhood as well as their current role as fathers of Black boys. They will share openly and honestly about the types of discussions that are taking place in their own homes, as well as the everyday fears they have about their sons’ safety and how they are raising them to become strong Black men.
We will pose to the panelists the concerns we have heard from adoptive families who are raising Black boys. Concerns such as: