Open Adoption: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
More and more adoptions – domestic, foster care and international alike – are becoming open. What exactly does that mean and why is it important? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Lori Holden, author of the new book The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole.
- What percentage of domestic infant adoptions in the US are open?
- What do you mean by an open adoption?
- What does a successful open adoption look like?
- How to facilitate openness when you don’t live near your child’s birth mother or birth father?
- What amount of contact and openness is typical when adopting a baby in the US?
- Does openness always mean contact with birth parents?
- How to utilize Facebook in an open adoption in the US?
- Is it possible to have a healthy open adoption relationship when you adopt from foster care? Should you have an open adoption when the birthmother and birthfather have had their parental rights terminated?
- What is the best way to establish boundaries in an open adoption relationship?
- What boundaries should adoptive parent set in an open adoption?
- How much contact with birth parents is ideal?
- Should you invite the birth mother to your baby shower?
- In what circumstances should adoptive parents limit openness with birthmothers and birthfathers?
- How to handle the situation where your children have different levels of openness with their birth families?
- How to ensure that one child doesn’t feel left out? Is this possible?
- What to look for in an adoption agency when forming an open adoption relationship.
- How to choose an adoption agency?
- What are the characteristics of a healthy open adoption relationship?