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.

Birth parent grief is common after adoption

When Birth Moms Get the Blues

When Birth Moms Get the Blues

It may take some time for your child's birth mother to work through her grief. But there are ways you can help.

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A daughter curious about her birth parents

“Googling Her Birth Parents”

Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?

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How to keep up contact with birth parents.

Keeping Up Contact with Birth Parents

An open adoption arrangement may be buffeted by passing time and changing circumstances. Here's how to make your relationship endure.

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Her daughter's birth family joined her in the hospital

“Welcomed By Our Daughter’s Birth Family”

I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.

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Helping a child adopted at age nine come to terms with a lack of any baby pictures

“A Past Without Pictures”

My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.

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Here's how to cope when your child starts searching for birth family online.

When Teens Find Birth Family Online

Got a Web-savvy teen on your hands? Here's how to set safety guidelines for online birth family contact.

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Our guide to giving holiday gifts that maintain a birth parent connection.

“Gifts to and from My Child’s Adoptive Family”

In an open adoption, what do you give to the person who means everything to you? Thoughts from a birth mom about the gifts that mean the most.

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chinese birth parent search and reunions

Letting Her Go: Chinese Birth Parent Search and Reunions

The first study on this topic provides fascinating insights about adoptees’ and parents’ motivations to search, search methods used, the initial reunion, and ongoing contact.

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One birth mother describes making an adoption plan for her child.

“The Day I Gave My Heart Away”

A birth mother shares her feelings and thoughts about making an adoption plan for her child.

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What to Share in the Holiday Letter to Birth Family

It's normal to think about your child's birth family during the holidays. What should you share in a holiday letter?

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Letters to birth parents can evoke many emotions

“Letters of Love”

Sometimes I read the warm, loving letters my birth daughter's parents send and feel almost incapable of responding. But I always do.

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One mother's tale of adoption search and reunion, and learning to be a mom.

“How to Be His Mother”

Twenty-six years after placing my son for adoption, we found each other. That’s when I started learning—the hard way—how to be a mom.

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Insight into birth mothers' feelings after placement.

What Is Life Like for Birth Mothers After Placement?

On Your Feet Foundation's national survey provides insight into birth mothers' emotional experiences after placement and what can help them heal.

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One of the four families in open adoption.

The First Year of an Open Adoption: Four Families Share

Families with different levels of contact offer glimpses into their relationships with birth parents during their first year home.

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Should I friend our child's birth mother?

Should You Friend Your Child’s Birth Mother?

Facebook has dramatically changed the way information is exchanged in adoption. Experts and parents offer advice on navigating social media.

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Writing letter to our daughter's birth parents in open adoption

“From Our Hearts”: Letters to Our Child’s Birth Parents

Writing about the little things in letters to our daughter's birth parents often tells a bigger, warmer story in the end.

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A film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.

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