How do I adopt a child

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Open adoption is mutual selection, which means that we are going to ask you to fill out a profile that you are comfortable with. That's going to include ethnicity, age, financial needs of the birth mother. The birth mother is also going to be able to express what she is comfortable with as far as ethnicity, region of the country she is looking for, or religion that she wants her child to be raised in. It's important that people are honest. There are so many situations out there. There is one for you. I'd rather somebody, when they are filling out their profile, really be honest about what their comfort zone is, then try to be extremely open, but not honest with themselves and have to walk away from a situation at the last minute.

Learn about: Open adoption and ethnicity from Jennifer Bliss, PsyD,...

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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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