The Positive And Negative Effects Of Open Adoption

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Someone once said, “Adopting one child won’t change the world, but for that child, the world will change.” Open adoption is an adoption which includes some type of contact and sharing of identifiable information between the adoptive family and the birth parents (American Adoptions, Inc.-What is open Adoption). About 60 to 70% of current adoptions are open adoptions (“Adoption Statistics”). Open adoption is a process that will include both positive and negative effects for the adoptive family, birth parents, and adopted child; adoption is the chosen way of “having” children for many different parents for many different reasons. In open adoption, the relationship between the adoptive family and the biological parents allows for more contact and involvement by the biological parents. Commonly, information such as first and last names, addresses, phone numbers, and personal email addresses are shared. Many variations of open adoption exist, though, and not every example of an open adoption functions the same way. For some families, an open adoption may include frequent visits by the biological parents to see their child. These visits should be planned out before to their occurance to keep order in the relationship. On the other hand, some open adoptions include less in person contact between the adoptive family and the biological parents. Some of these relationships might include communication through cell phone calls or emails (American Adoptions, Inc.-What is Open Adoption).

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