Your rights and responsibilities: a guide for expectant parents considering adoption (2nd ed).
Open Adoption Pocket Guide Book Series.
R-Squared Press, Royal Oak, MI.
Published: September 2004
Publication Information: R-Squared Press, Royal Oak, MI.
Designed for expectant parents contemplating adoption, this booklet discusses the differences between open adoption and openness in adoption, private versus agency adoption, and the rights and responsibilities of birthparents. Birthparents are urged to be honest, considerate, dependable, and well-informed. A list of information birthparents should obtain from potential providers is provided. Legal rights of birthparents are then reviewed, including State laws that cover the adoption process, the right to representation, and the right to parent. Information is also provided on signing documents, signing documents before birth, open adoption agreements, the birth certificate, foster care agreements, medical authorization, consent to adoption, having prospective adoptive parents provide expenses, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and physician and hospital polices. Important questions birthparents should ask about issues that may be covered under State law are also explained. The booklet closes with a list of additional resources.
birth parents; open adoption; parental rights; adoption laws; policies; parental role; documentation; agencies