Adopt U.S. child

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains the various differences between an open adoption and a closed adoption, including which type benefits the adopted child the most
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There are a couple of different options for perspective adoptive parents when they think about what type of adoption they are looking for. There is closed adoption, where no information is exchanged, identifying or otherwise between adoptive parents and birth parents. There is semi-open, where the agency stays as a mediator. Updates and pictures go through the agency, so the birth mother is kept up-to-date on how the child is doing. There is fully open adoption where there is full communication between the adoptive parents and the birth parents. In open adoption, the birth parents get to choose the parents that they want. It's a mutual selective process. We want to the adoptive parents to feel comfortable with the birth parents, as well. There is also arrangements made between the adoptive parents and the birth parents for ongoing contact throughout the future years. The child ends up know who their birth parents are and the story of their adoption.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains the various differences between an open adoption and a closed adoption, including which type benefits the adopted child the most

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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.

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