The Open Adoption Experience - A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families by Lois Ruskai Melina is an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship.
State Laws on Adoption: Summary of State laws addressing “Post adoption Contact Agreements Between Birth and Adoptive Families" at Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Open adoption is not just an option for domestic adoption. It is possible to have an open adoption with international adoption as well. Here are a few resources to help you open your international adoption and give you food for thought as to the complexities:
A Yahoo forum for families that have adopted from Guatemala and have ongoing relationships with birth families.
On Your Feet Foundation is dedicated to assisting birth mothers in achieving the personal and financial independence they need to take care of themselves and their families after placing a baby for adoption. They provide peer support and networking, vocational counseling and mentoring and educational grants. There are two locations: one located in Northern California open to birth mothers living in Northern California or who placed a child with a Northern California family, and one located outside of Chicago open to birthmothers living in Illinois and Indiana.
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