The Open Adoption Experience: A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families--from Making the Decision Through the Child's Growing Years

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Harper Collins, Aug 24, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 416 pages
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Two leading experts provide an authoritative and reassuring guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship.
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Reasons for Open Adoption
Understanding Open Adoption
Readiness for Open Adoption
Choosing Each Other
Getting to Know Each Other
Before During and After the Birth
Making an Adoption Plan After the Babys Birth
Growing Up in Open Adoption
Childrens Questions and Concerns
Brothers and Sisters in Open Adoption
When the Birth Parent Decides to Raise the Baby
Open Adoptions Within Families with Older Child
Afterword
References
Acknowledgments

The First Year After Placement
Changes in Uves Changes in Openness

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About the author (2010)

Lois Ruskai Melina is the editor of Adopted Child newsletter and serves on the board of directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of information about adoption and providing guidance for practice and policy change in the field. Melina speaks frequently about adoption to professional organizations and adoptive parents throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. She is the author of Making Sense of Adoption and the coauthor of The Open Adoption Experience.

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