Adoption is a lifelong process. Whether you choose an open or closed adoption, it is normal to have an intense range of emotions. Open adoption is an adoption in which there is contact and exchange of identifying information between birth and adoptive families. Closed adoption is an adoption in which all identifying information about the birth parents is sealed in agency and court records. Finding a support group or connecting with other birth parents can be helpful. This section provides resources on the lifelong issues in adoption and links to support groups and blogs.
Concerned United Birthparents
Provides support to birth parents who have relinquished a child to adoption; describes the long-term impact of adoption; and advocates for fair and ethical adoption laws, policies, and practices.
Grief and Open Adoption
Helps birth parents in open adoptions prepare for the grieving process that might follow the adoption. This article was written by a birth mother.
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Lifelong Issues in Adoption
Explains seven characteristics that affect children who are adopted, adoptive parents, and birth parents throughout the lifespan.