What is Open Adoption?

Openness in adoption is used to describe the ongoing relationship and contact between the biological family and/or significant people in a child’s life prior to their adoption and the adoptive family (including the child) after the adoption is finalized. Openness is a spectrum and can be anywhere from fully closed to fully open where there is direct contact between biological families and adoptive families. Closed adoptions are becoming more rare but still occasionally take place.

Openness in adoption tends to provoke some worry and many questions for prospective adoptive families and birth parents. ASCS believes that having an understanding of what openness in adoption means helps to alleviate that worry. We strongly encourage people to learn more. 

Openness

More information on openness in adoption, including further reading and personal stories. From Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC).

From Secrecy and Stigma to Knowledge and Connections

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

Openness in Adoption: Building Relationships Between Adoptive and Birth Families

Factsheets for Families, Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2013
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