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What is open adoption. What is the history of open adoption in the United States.

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Our birthmother and family resource page is filled with helpful links and articles specically for Birthmothers & birthfamilies. Support Group information, birthmother suggested reading, articles and links.

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Our adoptive family resource page is filled with helpful links and articles specically for the adoptive family. Support Group information, open adoption suggested reading, articles and links.

Open Adoption Professionals
OA listing of Adoption Professionals, Open Adoption Agencies, Specialsits and Facilitators.

Adoptee Resources & Links
Links to Adoptee support groups, open record status links, and information.

Current Adoption Legislation
The state of our adoption laws

Adoption Terms
Definition of adoption terms commonly used in the open adoption profession.

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Openness in Adoption: A Fact Sheet for Families
This fact sheet describes the benefits of postadoption contact with birth parents and reviews considerations for determining the degree of openness that is most appropriate for the child. It suggests that adoptive parents consult Internet websites, books, counselors, and other parents when making decisions about open adoption. The factsheet includes a chart of the advantages and disadvantages of confidential adoptions, mediated adoptions, and open adoptions.

Cooperative Adoptions: Contact Between Adoptive and Birth Families After Finalization
This resource discusses guidelines for legislation allowing adoption with contact agreements, statutes permitting enforceable contracts, and other State laws. It then presents citations and text of State laws related to formalized open adoption agreements. The print version is current through September 2003.

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents: A Factsheet for Families
Written for birth parents who have relinquished a child for adoption, this fact sheet provides an overview of common experiences...

The Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers
In the decades since 1960, out-of-wedlock births have increased dramatically. While much research on childbearing trends and the characteristics of unwed mothers exists, very little is known about putative fathers, the alleged or reputed fathers of children born out-of-wedlock. However, there is an expanding population of putative fathers who wish to play a role in their children's upbringing. Consequently, their legal rights have become increasingly important. This resource provides basic information about putative fathers' Constitutional rights, putative father registries and the types of information generally contained in them, and information about statutes that allow putative fathers to revoke or rescind ...

Consent to Adoption
Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish the child for adoption and to release all rights and duties with respect to that child. This report provides an overview of State laws regarding consent, who must consent, consent of minors, when and how consent can be executed, and revocation of consent.

Parties to an Adoption

This briefing reviews State laws regarding parties to an adoption. General information dealing with who may adopt, who may be adopted, and who may place a child for adoption is identified. Gay and lesbian adoption is addressed briefly. The print version of this resource is current through March 2004.

The Information on this page was provided by The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect.

The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse are services of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the Clearinghouses is to connect professionals and concerned citizens to timely and well-balanced information on programs, research, legislation, and statistics regarding the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.

A Service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For more information, contact:
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
Children's Bureau/ACYF
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 703.352.3488 or 888.251.0075
Fax: 703.385.3206
Email: naic@caliber.com

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