Writing about the little things in letters to our daughter's birth parents often tells a bigger, warmer story in the end.
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.
We’ve been selected by a birth mom who is due in two months. Our attorney advised us to draw up a contact agreement prior to the birth. What should we include?
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.
Our open adoption expert explains how prospective adoptive parents can best navigate the emotional time spent at the hospital with the birth mother before bringing their new child home.
A legal guide to open adoptions and open-adoption agreements.
She was going to have a child but couldn’t keep it, I wanted a child desperately but couldn’t have one. She was the mother at birth; I was the mother right after. It sounds simple, but it wasn’t.
When we adopted our son three years ago, our relationship with his birth mother was semi-open (letters, phone calls). Since then it has grown more open, and we're discussing a visit. Any advice?
My daughter, Rubie, has the kind of life I'd dreamed of for her, and is where she belongs. I only wish I had known that sooner.
A major study reveals that open adoption works well for everyone involved. Hear what families say is good about the process — and what could be better.
After a bump in the relationship with our daughter's birth mother, we're learning lessons about love, patience, and acceptance.
Teen and young adult adoptees who grew up in fully open adoptions talk about their relationships with their birth parents and adoptive parents and the many benefits openness has brought them.
My husband and I have a friendly relationship with the birth mother of our 3-year-old daughter. We talk on the phone, exchange letters regularly, and visit a few times a year.
As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise — and its limitations.
Among experts who study it and families who practice it, open adoption varies widely. Here’s a look at open adoption today.
Two adoptive moms and a birth mother candidly discuss the adoption match, birth siblings, contact agreements, and more.
We have an eight-year-old biological child and a six-month-old we adopted as a newborn. Our younger son has several biological siblings—and I’m wondering how to explain this to my older son.
Over the years, an open adoption arrangement may need to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of everyone involved — above all, the child.
14 years into our open adoption, we've learned that conflicts can occur, as in any family. Here's how we moved past one sticky situation when our son's birth mother sent him a check in the mail.
We have an open adoption with our 30-month-old son’s birth family. Last night we were looking at a photo album.
A birth mom and an adoptive mom delve into the complex — and surprising — realities of their open adoptions.