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 adoptioniis finalized, so it’s no longer a matter of if, it’s when. It’s no longer a matter of will they have contact, it’s how will that contact look? 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.