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Openness in Adoption

From Secrecy and Stigmato Knowledge and Connections

Deborah H. Siegel, Ph.D. and Susan Livingston Smith, LCSW

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute - March 2012

This report is the first in a series the Institute plans to publish that will address the phenomenon of openness in domestic infant adoptions. It summarizes research knowledge on the topic and presents findings from a survey of 100 infant adoption programs in the U.S. regarding their practices around openness and the qualities that facilitate successful open adoption relationships. The institute is also in the final stages of preparing a related curriculum for pre- adoptive parents and expectant parents considering adoptive placement for their children.

This Practice Perspective was published March 2012.

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