Understanding Open Adoption


In an open adoption, you meet your child’s birth parents and maintain contact after placement. Find open adoption information and stories here.

One adoptive mom describes bonding with her child's birth mother.

“Coming Clean About My Troubled Past with an Expectant Mother”

“Coming Clean About My Troubled Past with an Expectant Mother”

Coming clean to our birth mother about my unstable past helped us build a solid foundation for our future.

One child's bond with her birth sisters

“Unexpectedly in Sync”

My daughter formed a swift, intense bond with her four birth sisters. The surprising love I felt for them blindsided me, but now it makes perfect sense.

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Angela Tucker writes about common reactions to adoptees who search for birth parents

Are Adoptees Selfish For Wanting To Search?

Finding my birth family has never been an attempt to replace anyone else, but simply an effort to find myself, a desire my adoptive family understands.

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One mother's experience opening an adoption.

“Unexpected Contact with Our Child’s Birth Mother”

We hadn't planned on an open adoption. But when my daughter's birth mother requested a letter, how could I say no?

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Reunited identical twins embrace

Double The Love — Anaïs & Sam

A set of identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted by different families — not to be reunited until age 27.

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Book Excerpt: The Mercy Rule

Read an excerpt from Perri Klass' new novel about a pediatrician who grew up in foster care — and now works with similar at-risk patients.

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One birth mom describes her changing relationship with her birth son.

“An Evolving Relationship”

After a difficult visit with my birth son, I realized the commitment to him was strong enough to weather life's ups and downs.

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One mother asks, Should I initiate contact with birth mother?

Should We Contact our Son’s Birth Parents?

Adoptive Families asks advice on a reader's behalf. Should we contact our son's birth parents?

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What families should consider when searching for birth families

Searching for Birth Families

Parents who look for their child’s birth family abroad are ushering in a new openness in international adoption. Many say the decision to search requires careful thought.

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Two mothers at a birth family reunion

“Our Canadian-Colombian Family Reunion”

After returning from a trip to my son's birth country, my heart — and journal — was overflowing.

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Know your rights when creating a contact agreement with biological grandparents.

Contact with Biological Grandparents

Should we create a contact agreement with our children's biological grandparents? What are our legal rights?

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A birth parent perspective on open adoption

“Promises the Adoptive Parents Kept”

The time I spent alone with my newborn daughter meant a lot. But the fact that she has grown up knowing me has meant the world.

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A family in an open international adoption

“Families Without Borders”

To honor their son Tristan’s birth family, a Canadian family initiated a long-distance relationship. Now, they’re taking him to Colombia to meet them.

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A picture of Christina and Christy during their birth mother meeting

“Getting to Meet Her Birth Mother”

A daughter — and her mother — look forward to a very special family reunion.

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