Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Open Adoption

In an open adoption, the birth parents and the adoptive parents know each other's identities. Often, there is direct contact between them and sometimes ongoing contact after the child has been adopted. Some experts believe that this is an emotionally healthy option or all involved -- the adopted child doesn't have to wonder about the birth parents and it may be easier to contact blood relatives if medical issues arise. However, like with any adoption, the birth parents' parental rights are terminated, even if a relationship with the child continues. It may be difficult for a birth mother to watch someone else raise the child... and the adoptive parents may decide to end visitation or contact with the birth parents at any time. Therefore, it is important to seek legal advice prior to entering into an open adoption arrangement so that both the birth parents and the adoptive parents understand that adoption is permanent and that the parental responsibilities have been transferred.

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