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Soc Work. 2003 Jul;48(3):409-19.

Open adoption of infants: adoptive parents' feelings seven years later.

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School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, Providence 02908, USA.

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  • Soc Work. 2003 Oct;48(4):503.


Adoptions today increasingly include contact between adoptive and birth families. What do these "open adoptions" look like? How do the participants feel about them? This article, based on part of a longitudinal study that first examined adoptive parents' perceptions of their infants' open adoptions seven years ago, explores the parents' reactions now that their children are school age. This qualitative descriptive research revealed changes in the openness in the adoptions over time and identified four dimensions along which open adoptions vary. Findings showed parents' enthusiasm for the openness in their adoptions, regardless of the type and extent of openness. Implications for social work practice, education, and policy are explored.

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