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Openness Resources 

Openness has become a hot button topic in adoption over the past couple years. Recently the Adoption Council of Ontario has been called upon to answer questions about the benefits and challenges of openness. Below is a compilation of resources that you may find useful during your journey to learning more about this important aspect of adoption and permanency


Resources: 

Family TreeFocus on the Child: Openness in Adoption from Foster Care: A guide for assessment and planning. 

What's Inside: 

Is Openness different when the child is being adopted from foster care
Checklist for Assessing and Preparing for Openness in Child Welfare Adoption Planning 
Tips and Strategies for Success in Openness Planning

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Adoptive Parenting and Social Media: The best defence is a good offence 

What's Inside: 

How can a parent prepare and oversee openness through social media?
Teaching your child about adoption and social media
Being open to openness

Read it here.

 

 

 

 

 

Checklist for Assessing and Preparing for Openness in Child Welfare Adoption Planning

What's inside: 

Questions addressed during intial considerations
Key information to know about the child
Key information to know about the birth family
Key information to know about the adoptive/kinship family 
Identifying factors of support and barriers in openness planning

Read it here

 

 

 

Tips and Strategies for Success in Openness Planning

What's inside: 

Pre-Adoption 
During the Matching Process 
Ongoing Openness

Read it here

 

 

Child Welfare Information GatewayChild Welfare Information Gateway
Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

What’s inside:

Defining a sibling relationship 
Legal framework for protecting sibling connections
The importance of siblings
Sibling relationships in abusive or neglectful families
Benefits of placing siblings together
Barriers to placing siblings together
Practices for keeping siblings together in placement
When siblings cannot live in the same home
Maintaining ties between separated siblings
Sibling issues within the foster or adoptive family

Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

Child Welfare Information GatewayChild Welfare Information Gateway
Openness in Adoption:
Building Relationships Between Adoptive and Birth Families

What's inside: 

What is open adoption?
Trends toward increasing openness
Benefits of open adoption
Deciding whether open adoption is right for your family
Building and maintaining relationships with your child’s birth family
Using social media for contact with birth families

Read it here

 

 

 

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Working With Birth and Adoptive Families to Support Open Adoption

What's inside: 

What is openness?
Trends in openness
Benefits of openness
Implications for casework practice
Implications for agencies
Adoption and the Internet

Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untangling the WebThe Donaldson Adoption Institute
Untangling the Web: The Internet's Transformative Impact on Adoption

What's inside:

The internet's penetration for adoption 
The internet's benefit for adoption 
The internet's risks for adoption 
Search and reunion on the internet 
Precautions for internet users 
Conclusions and recommendations 

Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
6 Keys Factor to Consider for an Open Adoption

What's inside? 

Worries and concerns are normal
Always have the child's best interests in mind
The definition of "family" is changing
Communication and commitment are key
Contracts can't be the last word
Support and resources do exist to help

Read it here.

 

 

 

The Guardian:
Facebook has changed adoption forever

What's inside? 

"Social network sites like Facebook are changing what happens after adoption. At the click of a button, birth parents can contact their children – and vice versa – with far-reaching consequences."

Read it here

 

The benefits and challenges of direct post-adoption contact: perspectives from adoptive parents and birth relatives

What's inside? 

Abstract: Adoption in the UK primarily concerns the placing of children from the public care system, often against their parents’ wishes. Most such children have a plan for contact with their birth family, and a significant minority of children have direct (face-to-face) contact with parents, grandparents, siblings or other relatives. This paper reports findings from interviews with 55 adoptive parents, and 39 birth relatives, all of whom had experience of direct post-adoption contact arrangements. Thematic qualitative analysis was used to identify the main benefits and challenges of contact as reported by adoptive parents and birth relatives. The key challenges of contact identified were: having personal meetings in impersonal circumstances; managing highly charged emotions; negotiating relationships when you are both strangers and relatives; and managing control, risk and power issues. The four key benefits of contact related to: maintaining important relationships between the child and birth relatives; providing reassurance to the child and birth relatives; helping the child with issues of identity and loss; and helping the child to deal with their dual connection to the birth and adoptive family. Implications for workers supporting direct contact arrangements are discussed.

Read it here

 

Social Media:
Tips for Foster Parents and Caregivers

What's inside? 

"While social media has changed the way the world communicates, it has also created privacy and safety concerns. This page discusses the benefits of social media for children and youth in foster care and provides tips for parents and caregivers who want to help youth use social media safely. Advice for social media use by foster parents is also provided."

Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Presentations:

Presentations from the "Open for Discussion" training day hosted by the Adoption Council of Ontario for families and professionals in May of 2015. 

Openness and Adoption Openness and Adoption - Office of the Children's Lawyer

Elizabeth McCarty

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Birth Parent VoiceBirth Parent Voice 

Rosemary Farrell and Venetia Henry

Download it here