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Chapter 12: Open Adoptions: Longitudinal Outcomes for the AdoptionTriad
Openness in adoption can be broadly defined as a purposeful act of contact orcommunication between adoptive parents, adopted persons, and birth families.Openness in an adoption can begin at any time prior to placement or afterplacement. It may vary in form and may include sharing information, gifts,letters, phone calls, and so on. In addition, it may vary in terms of frequencyand who initiates and is [Page 176]involved in the contact (Frasch, Brooks,& Barth, 2000; Grotevant & McRoy, 1998). It may also vary in termsof the duration of the exchange because at times contact may cease for a periodof time and in other openness arrangements contact is ongoing.
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