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“Open Adoption is Not a Sad Story” – Mariam’s Adoption Journey

When birth mother Mariam* learned of her unplanned pregnancy, she knew that abortion wasn’t right for her — despite the pressure  she felt from her baby’s birth father …


What Open Adoption Requirements Actually Mean

Building an open adoption relationship can seem intimidating. If this is how you’re currently feeling, it’s completely understandable. Please remember that American Adoptions will always be here to help you facilitate this relationship and set boundaries when needed.


Changed Lives: A Birth Grandmother’s Open Adoption Story

First she was an adoptive mother through a closed adoption, then a birth grandmother in an open adoption. One woman tells her story of faith, fate, and of being on two sides of the adoption triad.


Why Our Agency Has Certain Open Adoption Requirements

In order to create more positive open adoption relationships, American Adoptions requires adoptive parents to meet certain newer communication requirements.


10 Things that Scientific Research Says about Open Adoption

American Adoptions encourages open adoption because we have seen firsthand that it is beneficial for everyone involved — and the research backs it up.


Dealing with Distance in Open Adoption

What if that perfect family for your baby happens to live on the opposite side of the country? 5 guidelines for making long-distance open adoption relationships work:


Boundaries in an Open Adoption

Here’s how adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees can establish boundaries in open adoptions to help promote healthy relationships to last a lifetime.


Our Open Adoption Story – Diana

“Hey there. I’m Diana. I’m a writer and social media manager at American Adoptions. I was adopted as an infant in 1991 through an open adoption.”


Our Open Adoption Story – Harry & Sherry

“Both of our two children have been adopted through open adoptions, and even after 25+ years, I’m absolutely convinced that it was the right decision. “


What Makes My Open Adoption Work – Thoughts from a Birth Mother

From the start, I was open with my son’s parents about wanting the adoption to be open, and while the openness agreement is not legally binding, I knew it needed to be respected for the sake of my son. I was also transparent about wanting to slowly transition from a custodial parent to more of a birth parent role. Therefore, I had frequent contact with my son that lessened over the first two years of placement. I saw him every couple of months until I was comfortable not seeing my son as frequently. My son’s parents also communicated a need with me around the same time that they really needed more space.

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