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.

Worry dolls from Guatemala, where the book Mamalita takes place

[Book Excerpt] Mamalita

[Book Excerpt] Mamalita

Read a chapter of Jessica O'Dwyer's adoption memoir Mamalita.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Open Adoption Family Dynamic

As more of us live with open adoption, we're seeing how it plays out in daily life — and bumping into some unanticipated wrinkles.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Proceeding with Caution in Birth Family Search

Adoptive parents sometimes initiate birth parent searches before their children are emotionally prepared to deal with the results.

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Birth parents and adoptive parents can work together to benefit the child

A Birth Mother on The Open Adoption “Covenant”

Treat birth family as if they were extended family members: your child will benefit.

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“Someone Who Shares My Joy”

Our open adoption allows us to share the love we have for our daughter with her birth parents.

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