Benefits of Open Adoption to Parents and Children

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Benefits of Open Adoption to Parents and ChildrenOpenness in Adoption: From Secrecy and Stigma to Knowledge and Connections,” an Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute report written by Deborah H. Siegel and Susan Livingston Smith.

This survey of agency practices relating to domestic infant adoption placements found that closed infant adoptions have shrunk to a tiny minority (about 5%).  40% of domestic infant adoptions are mediated and 55% are open.  In addition, 95% of adoption agencies now offer open adoptions.  In the overwhelming majority of infant adoptions, adoptive parents and expectant parents considering adoption meet prior to the adoption and the expectant parents pick the new family for their baby.

Adoptive and birth parents alike report positive experiences; more openness is also associated with greater satisfaction with the adoption process.  Women who have placed their infants in an open adoption report less grief, regret and worry, as well as more peace of mind.  Adopted children also benefit for open adoptions, both as children and later in life, because of access to birth relatives, as well as to their own family and medical histories.

Overall, open adoptions benefit adoptive parents, adoptive children and birth parents.

06/02/2014 | by Research | Categories: Adoption, Adoption Research, Other Adoption Resources | 2 Comments



2 Responses to Benefits of Open Adoption to Parents and Children

  1. Alex Dean says:

    Due to recent circumstances, my husband and I are looking into adopting a child but are curious to know how to go about it. I like the idea of going with an open adoption, especially for the mother that is giving up her baby. That way we know what the child’s medical history is, and she and the birth-father will have a piece of mind from the process.

  2. Rachel Lannister says:

    Thank you for the great article. You wrote that adoption agencies are terrific, as it relieves women of a lot of stress who are looking to find a family for their child. I had heard about adoption agencies, and was very curious to learn more. With how many great opportunities and options are made available to families, it makes sense that people would want to work with them.

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