Adoption USA

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center, shares advice on the normal relationship with the birth mother in an open adoption and how much contact there usually is
Birth Mother Contact In An Open Adoption - Kidsinthehouse.com
KidsInTheHouse the Ultimate Parenting Resource
Kids in the House Tour

Adoption USA

Comment
353
Like
353
Transcription: 
Just like any other human relationship, open adoption relationships are very unique and vary within each situation. I'd say the average, usually, is maybe annual visits. If the birth mother lives within driving distance, maybe twice a year she'll drive in for an afternoon. But that's probably the most common scenario. What I do want to point out, it's not where she takes a child and leaves for the day; she visits you guys as a family because you guys have become her relatives as a family, just like she would visit any other relatives. And surprisingly enough, you'll miss her too.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center, shares advice on the normal relationship with the birth mother in an open adoption and how much contact there usually is

Transcript

Expert Bio

More from Expert

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

More Parenting Videos from Jennifer Bliss, PsyD >
Enter your email to
download & subscribe
to our newsletter