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.

Whether you have an "open adoption" or a "closed adoption" in terms of contact, you can parent with an open heart

Parenting with an Open Heart

Parenting with an Open Heart

Whether you see your child’s birth parents frequently or have never had contact, you can still imbue your adoption and your relationship with your child with openness.

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An adoptee and her mother discussing her birth father reunion

“For the Love of My Child”

When Elizabeth was young, closed adoption was comfortable. But my outlook changed the day my teenage daughter said, "I want to find them."

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Growing to Love Grace's Birth Mom

“A Birthday Gift for Grace”

It wasn't until my daughter's first birthday that it hit me: I was grieving her birth mom's loss. With that realization, I was able to celebrate as she would have wanted.

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Mementos from Birth Family

Readers Share: Do You Have Mementos From Birth Family?

If so, when and how did you decide to share it with your child? If not, how have you handled discussions about the birth family?

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Asian Stereotypes as an Adoptee

“The Wrong Kind of Asian”

I have confused and disappointed many people in my lifetime because I don't look or behave the way they think an Asian ought to look or behave.

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Adoption Relationships

Keeping Our Children Connected

"We visit and communicate directly with their foster family. These efforts help our sons build and sustain important relationships. They have already experienced too much loss and grief in their young lives."

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And Then I Found You

[Book Review] And Then I Found You

With her sister’s permission, the novelist wrote a fictionalized account of her experiences leading up to the adoption plan.

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Letters to birth mothers

Letters to Birth Mothers, from Wondering Hearts

Distance doesn't eliminate a desire to communicate with the birth mothers that children imagine, as these letters demonstrate.

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Megan's Birthday Tree

[Book Review] Megan’s Birthday Tree

When Megan was born, her birth mother, Kendra, planted a tree in her backyard. Every year on Megan's birthday, Kendra decorates the tree and sends photos of it to Megan, in honor of their special bond.

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Mother and daughter talking about adoption

Questions About Being “Given Up”

Our seven-year-old daughter knows her adoption story, but, lately, she's been asking a lot of questions about why she was 'given up.'

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