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Open adoption can provide important benefits for families

Many years ago, few states allowed for any type of contact between biological and adoptive families. There has been a change in many of these policies, however, and California is one state that does allow for an open adoption if the parties agree. There can be many benefits on both sides if these connections are allowed to remain.

Recently, a woman shared her experiences with both closed and open adoptions. She had just celebrated the finalization of her adoption of a 2-year-old son, whom she had fostered since he was a days-old infant. Through the process of completing the open adoption, she maintained some contact with the child's biological relatives, including the mother and a grandfather. Keeping the communication lines open may allow her child to discover his own identity as he grows into a mature individual as well as allow these other relatives to remain a part of the child's life.

Previously, the 46-year-old woman had adopted her three older daughters while living in California. At that time, the state only permitted closed adoptions. Once the family relocated to another state for health reasons, the girls decided to research information on their biological families. One of the girls discovered important health information from contacting relatives and realized that she had a younger sibling. Another daughter also opened lines of communication with her biological family, while the third child has chosen not to establish a relationship at this time.

An adoption professional with the state has encouraged families to seek these connections if both parties desire to do so -- with the caveat that it is avoided if doing so could cause the child to suffer harm. Maintaining contact in safe circumstances may enable an adopted child to understand more of what makes him or her the individual he or she has become. California families who are seeking information concerning the adoption of a child can consult with a family law professional who can provide guidance and information regarding all aspects of the process.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Open adoptions keep biological relatives connected", Patty Hastings, Nov. 26, 2017

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