Foundation for Love: General Principles for Post-Adoption Communication Agreements.
Future of Adoption 2019
Allisan, Marla Ruth.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rudd Adoption Research Program.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Rudd Adoption Research Program
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 135 Hicks Way Tobin Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: (413) 545-0547
This report explains post-adoption communication agreements between adoptive families and birth families allow children who are adopted to know their birth families as well as their adoptive families, offer the opportunity for birthparents to feel reassured that their child is faring well, provide adoptive parents with the benefit of being able to express appreciation to the birthparents and to enjoy their company during visits, and provide the birth families with an opportunity to give adoptive parents ongoing birth-family health information that may to helpful to the child and also to their parenting. Key principles that should be kept in mind when drafting terms for a post-adoption communication agreement are discussed and include issues in the areas of boundaries, flexibility, creativity, and accountability. Examples are provided of each principle. The report closes with a discussion on the implications for the future of adoption research, practice, and policy.
open adoption; birth families; adopted children; adoptive parents; adoption triads; guidelines; POST ADOPTION CONTACT; VISITATION; CONTRACT