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.