Birth Parent Legal Risk

by Michele Fried Keep in perspective that deciding on adoption is a courageous, difficult choice and some birth parents will struggle with their decision to make an adoption plan for their baby, a birth parent may change his or her mind and request the return of the child. Disruption of an adoption plan after placement is rare, but almost always results in emotional turmoil for the adoptive parents and birth parents. Wow, that paragraph is scary, isn’t it? However, in over 690 adoptions, Adoption STAR has only seen four revocations after the child went home with adoptive parents. With the support of the agency each resolved with a healthy plan

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The Right and The Fight For Open Records For Adoptees

by Michele Fried In September 2000, I wrote letters in support of Open Records throughout New York State. Fourteen years later we still wait. However, there is recent news in various states that are showing us that we may see some changes on the horizon. Connecticut’s recent move to open birth records may actually be the push that some other states need. At the bottom of this article you will find a copy of the letter I wrote fourteen years ago. If you wish to join the advocacy efforts for Open Records, visit New York Statewide Adoption Reform’s UNSEALED INITIATIVE The American Adoption Congress has updated information regarding every state’s

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