Tagged with open adoption

Pre-Birth Matching

In private domestic infant adoption, most prospective adoptive parents match with an expectant mother sometime during her pregnancy. According to the latest Adoptive Families Cost and Timing Survey, 35% of adoptive parents matched less than one month before their child was born. Only 12% matched after birth. So that means roughly 43% matched more than … Continue reading

Closed Adoption Doesn’t Exist in Robyn’s Adoption Land

In my last post, I remarked, “Closed adoption doesn’t exist in Robyn’s Adoption Land.” I’d like to expand on that. A closed adoption is an adoption in which the adoptive parents and birth parents don’t know anything about one another. They have no identifying information. They don’t have any interaction. Today, very few domestic adoptions … Continue reading

Open Adoption Agreements in Robyn’s Adoption Land

An open adoption agreement is a written statement in which the adoptive parents and birth parents outline what openness and contact are going to be post-adoption. For a more legal definition, I went to Childwelfare.gov, which states: Postadoption contact agreements are arrangements that allow contact between a child’s adoptive family and members of the child’s birth … Continue reading

Reasons We Chose Open Adoption

My adoption community on the Internet is one that tends to embrace open adoption. I  mean, I’m a part of the Open Adoption Bloggers. When I go to other forums, I’m reminded that not everyone is sold on open adoption. I’ve written a little bit about why we chose open adoption, but I never really … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #51: Does It Get Easier?

We interrupt this week’s series on birthmother expenses for an Open Adoption Roundtable. The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re up to Open Adoption Roundtable #51.  Earlier this month, Heather was at a workshop … Continue reading

Open Adoption Roundtable #50: Adoption and School

The Open Adoption Roundtable is a series of occasional writing prompts about open adoption. It’s designed to showcase of the diversity of thought and experience in the open adoption community. We’re up to Open Adoption Roundtable #50.  Whether you have children in your home or not, it is hard to miss the fact that it is back-to-school time. … Continue reading