Babies for adoption

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, shares advice on how successful open adoptions are, and how the few that don't work out need to know that it is a matter of when, not if you'll find another child
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Open adoption has over a 96 percent success rate, which makes it the most successful form of adoption out there. The 3 to 4 percent that we talk about that are unsuccessful, people are talking about a reclaim; which is when a birth mother changes her mind after the baby has been taken home by the adoptive parents. Those are the worst days at my job. It's devastating. It's really, really hard to recover from that. People do and they go back on the books. We don't give up on you. The blessing in adoption is that it is not if, but when. Coming from, possibly a situation where there has been many years and a lot of money spent on infertility treatments, and they weren't successful. One thing I want to I want to stress is when you open your heart to adoption, it's not if, but when. I don't know what your journey will be or how long it will take you, but you will adopt and you will become parents.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, shares advice on how successful open adoptions are, and how the few that don't work out need to know that it is a matter of when, not if you'll find another child

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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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