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One of the four families in open adoption.

The First Year of an Open Adoption: Four Families Share

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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Your adopted teen may have some questions for you.

6 Questions Every Adopted Teen Wants Answered

In this excerpt from Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, we take a look at what goes on in the minds of teens, and offer advice for talking with them.

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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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Prenatal Drug Exposure - What You Need To Know

Prenatal Drug Exposure — What Parents Need to Know

If there’s a possibility that the baby you are planning to adopt was exposed to drugs in utero, what should you be prepared for?

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The "adoption talk" can happen at any time

The Evolving Conversation

Should parents initiate talk about adoption or wait for their child's questions? Sometimes you lead, say the authors, and sometimes you follow.

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Understanding contact with birth parents after adoption

Visiting with Birth Parents

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?

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A mother reassures her son about his birth parents

What if My Birth Mother Shows Up to Claim Me?

Reassure your child that you are his parent, forever and always.

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In this study, most birth parents enjoyed their open adoptions

The Birth Parent Perspective

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.

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A mother explaining her teen's adoption story

Answering Tough Questions

As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.

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Adoptee as a teen with her birth mother and siblings (left) and her adoptive parents (right).

Adoptees on Open Adoption: “I Have All My Pieces”

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.

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DNA may provide some information on an adopted child's birth family.

What Can We Learn from Our Kids’ DNA?

As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise — and its limitations.

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Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.

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Adoptive mother and son walking and talking about the difficult details of his adoption story

Telling the Tough Stuff

Here's how to tell your child the difficult facts about his adoption in positive, age-appropriate ways...and how to keep the conversation going.

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

A Durable Relationship with Your Child’s Birth Parents

Over the years, an open adoption arrangement may need to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of everyone involved — above all, the child.

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