Is Open Adoption Right for Your Family?

When considering open adoption, families need to determine how much contact they're comfortable with, and then discuss it with the birth mother — ideally before the child is born.

If you're considering open adoption, here are some things to think about
When curious friends ask if yours is an “open adoption,” chances are, they wonder whether your child’s birth mother joins you for Thanksgiving dinner. Although most domestic adoptions are, in fact, open, very few families have that kind of relationship with their child’s biological relatives. An open adoption simply means that the birth mother and the adoptive family know each other’s identities. Beyond that, it can mean almost anything. Unfortunately, some families rule out a domestic adoption plan once they ...

A legal guide to open adoptions and open-adoption agreements.


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