How Do I Plan for an Open Adoption? Original Video | Domestic Adoption Answers

Denalee Chapman September 08, 2015

Although there are varying degrees of open adoption, as a rule, closed adoptions rarely take place. While preparing to adopt, the social worker’s aim is to help hopeful adoptive parents prepare for open adoption.

Our social worker in this video panel shares his experience in realizing that the best preparation is to meet with the birth parents and begin developing a relationship long before placement happens. Although the relationship between adoptive and birth parents will evolve, there is much to be said for beginning the relationship as soon as possible.

Legally, the degree of open adoption also varies. Our attorney panelists shares information about open adoption from a legal point of view. Always, putting the child’s welfare first, will lead to a more comfortable relationship for both birth and adoptive parents.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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