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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Traditional discipline methods can be ineffective and even potentially damaging for adopted children - children who have experienced loss. Discipline needs to correct behavior while focusing on keeping a strong connection with your child.
Join Dafna Lender, LCSW, Clinical Director of The Theraplay Institute as she helps adoptive parents: