The California Long-Range Adoption Study found that the majority (73 percent) of adoptive parents are very comfortable with contact in their open adoptions.Other studies have found that openness in adoption reduces adoptive parents’ fear and increases their empathy toward birth parents, and also leads to benefits in their relationships with their adopted children. In addition to “structural openness” (open adoption relationships with their birth parents), studies show that adopted children benefit from “communicative openness” within their families — meaning they are free to discuss adoption and express their feelings about their adoption with their parents.Whether you are considering adoption, know someone who recently adopted or have gone through the adoption process yourself, you likely know that open adoption is the standard today.
Children who experience more open adoption communication within their families have higher self-esteem, fewer behavioral problems, more trust for their parents, fewer feelings of alienation and better overall family functioning. Fortunately, because of the overwhelming benefits of openly discussing adoption within the family, almost all adopted children (97 percent) know about their adoption stories.
With so many benefits of open adoption, it’s no wonder that nearly every prospective birth mother chooses to have some openness in her adoption plan — nor is it surprising that adoptive parents are increasingly excited about developing a relationship with their children’s birth families.
16444 Issued in October 2010, Revised in April 2012 NBER Program(s): Industrial Organization This paper uses a new data set on child-adoption matching to estimate the preferences of potential adoptive parents over U.
S.-born and unborn children relinquished for adoption.
Here are 10 important facts and statistics about open adoption and its benefits for everyone in the adoption triad: 1.
Today, closed adoptions are all but extinct; it’s estimated that only 5 percent of modern adoptions are closed. That means that 95 percent of today’s adoptions involve some level of openness, whether they are mediated, fully open or somewhere in between. In a 2012 survey of adoption professionals conducted by the Evan B.
The other issue is that many of the adoption studies are not made public. Many of the studies require access to an educational database or a purchase of the papers.
In the last 12 years I have acquired quite a collection from various sources and am working to add them all here.
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