Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Chapter 12: Open Adoptions: Longitudinal Outcomes for the AdoptionTriad

Open Adoptions: Longitudinal Outcomes for the AdoptionTriad

Open adoptions: Longitudinal outcomes for the adoption triad

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 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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