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Facilitating Postadoption Contact and Openness
Open adoptions, like all relationships, change and evolve over time as birth parents, adopted people, and families reach different stages in their lives. As this occurs, birth families, adoptive families, and adopted people may need help establishing and navigating their roles and boundaries. Mediation (meeting with a neutral third party such as an agency or adoption professional) may help sort out changing needs and roles of all parties. Find resources in this section to help facilitate contact and openness in adoption, including mediation resources.
Facing up to Facebook: A Survival Guide for Adoptive Families
Examines the ways the Internet, social networking, and other technologies are changing the landscape of adoption contact, search, and reunion.
Facilitated Openness Can Benefit Children Adopted from Care
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
Illustrates the benefits of maintaining connections with birth families and promoting postadoption contact.
Open Adoption Support
Provides an avenue to discuss themes associated with postadoption contacts, boundaries, communications, and more through an open forum for families and professionals.
|Working With Birth and Adoptive Families to Support Open Adoption|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 13 pages|
|Describes open adoption and ways in which professionals can guide birth and adoptive families who are contemplating open adoption or who are already having postadoption contact. Open adoption allows adoptive parents, and often the adopted child, to interact directly with birth parents. Also known as ?fully disclosed,? this type of adoption can help children and parents minimize and resolve the change or loss of relationships. It also can help those involved to maintain and celebrate adopted children?s connections with all the important people in their lives.|
Open Adoption Concerns
Lists several blogs that focus on the challenges of open adoption and discusses the open adoption experience from the viewpoints of each member of the triad.
Permanency Mediation: A Path to Open Adoption for Children in Out-of-Home Care
Child Welfare: Journal of Policy, Practice and Program, 84(4), 2005
Examines the experiences of birth parents, adoptive parents, and mediators in permanency mediation following a State child welfare agency's recommendation for termination of parental rights.
Preparation and Planning for Face-to-Face Contact After Adoption: The Experience of Adoptive Parents in a UK Study (PDF - 112 KB)
Reports on adoptive parents' experiences of preparing for direct contact and stresses the need for agencies to anticipate and address the issues that might arise after adoption; findings are relevant to any open adoption.
Social Networking and Contact: How Social Workers Can Help Adoptive Families
Examines the impact Facebook and other social networking sites are having on adoption searches, the challenges faced by all parties involved in contact after adoption, and how adoptive parents can help children satisfy their curiosity and their need to know while minimizing potential risks to their security and stability.
Supporting Post Adoption Contact in Complex Cases: Briefing Paper (PDF - 199 KB)
Department for Education, United Kingdom
Examines the characteristics of participants involved in complex direct contact arrangements, the experiences of adoptive parents and birth relatives of direct contact arrangements, types of services used, and services' costs.
Sustaining Birth Family Connections Post Adoption
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2007)
Discusses the benefits of sustaining birth family connections to help adopted people form racial and individual identity, reduce loyalty conflicts with birth versus adoptive families, and maintain cultural and family traditions.