Updated for a New Paperback Edition, the Definitive Guide to OpenAdoption, by the founder of the Open Adoption Movement Theexploding popularity of open adoption today underscores whatadopting parents, birthparents, and many adoption experts nowmaintain: Open adoption is the healthiest, most humane, and fastestmethod available. It’s better for the birthmother, because she (notlawyers or social workers) decides the future of her child. It’sbetter for children, because they’re raised without the shroud ofsecrecy and stigma that accompanies most closed adoptions. And it’sbetter for adopting parents, because it dramatically shortens thetime it takes to obtain a baby, from an average of seven years tounder one year. As director of one of the country’s leading openadoption agencies and founder of the first nationwide network ofopen adoption organizations, Bruce Rappaport has facilitatedthousands of successful open adoptions and acquired an intimateunderstanding of the most common and heartfelt concerns of parentsseeking to adopt a baby. Interweaving personal stories andreal-life experiences of adopting parents, birthparents, andadopted children, he answers the questions clients most frequentlyask:
* What is an open adoption? How does it differ from traditionaladoption?
* Will I ever feel like a real parent if my child’s biologicalmother knows I’m raising her child? Will she interfere?
* What if the birthmother changes her mind after theadoption?
* How long will it take to get a child?
Documenting answers with extensive personal experience andresearch, Dr. Rappaport paints a reassuring yet realistic pictureof the open adoption process. The result is a highly informative,deeply moving book that will help many people realize the greatestjoy life can offer.
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