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Open Adoption Tips for New Parents

Open Adoption Tips for New Parents

The goal of any open adoption is to be a positive and beneficial experience for all involved: the birth parents, the adoptive parents and the child. The “open” nature of the adoption allows for potentially meaningful connections through ongoing contact between the birthparents and the adoptive family. Open adoption plans have become more and more popular in the United States over the years.

The open adoption plan tends to offer birthparents and additional sense of security as well as comfort as they will have access to continued information regarding how their child is growing up. Many adoptive families also feel the open adoption plan is beneficial as they will have continued access to potentially pertinent family history information, cultural touchstones for their child, and immediate answers to any birth parent related questions their child may have in the future.

For a successful open adoption, make sure your adoption plan includes these key elements: trust, flexibility and open communication.

The open adoption should be based on a mutual respect that enables both birthparents and adoptive parents to feel they have an honest and trustworthy relationship with the other. Trust is necessary for the birth parents to choose the adoptive parents and continues to be a necessity, as they trust that the open nature of the plan will stay in effect over time.

Flexibility is necessary as both the birth parents and the adoptive parents make attempts to meet each other’s needs throughout the adoption process and throughout the open adoption. Flexibility should revolve around the child’s best interests at all times; which will sometimes require changes. Flexibility amidst the guidelines and boundaries that are set from the beginning makes the necessary adjustments and changes possible as the child grows and develops.

The point of an “open” adoption is that it is open. This requires communication. Adoptive parents should remember to consider the birthparents’ situation and be empathetic during communications – particularly immediately following an adoption placement. Birthparents should also attempt to be empathetic to the needs of the adoptive parents as they go through typical periods of adjustment. The open (and ongoing) nature of the communication in the open adoption allows for an evolving relationship between the adoptive families and birth parents that can make it possible for the child to fully understand their own adoption story.

If you have additional questions regarding open adoptions in Arizona, please get in touch so we can provide the answers. Contact one of the experienced adoption lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys today.


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