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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how an open adoption helps to reassure birth mothers that her child is being loved, well taken care of, and that she made the right decision giving up her child for adoption
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Birth mothers come to Independent Adoption Center because they know that we specialize in open adoption. And it's reassuring for birth parents because they know that as the years go on, they're going to be able to tell their child their adoption story, why they chose these parents, why they chose adoption in the first place. One of the common fears that every birth mother has is that their child would think they weren't wanted or they think they weren't loved. And knowing that they'll be able to tell that child, "I loved you so much. I knew I had to search and search and search and find the right family for you." It's very reassuring. In addition to that, being able to see for themselves that their child is happy and healthy and growing up in the home that they chose for them, allows them to heal and move on. They don't have that searching behavior of could that be him? Could that be him? And is he okay? They get to know he's okay and that he's happy. And they're able to heal and move on and feel proud about the decision they made.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how an open adoption helps to reassure birth mothers that her child is being loved, well taken care of, and that she made the right decision giving up her child for adoption

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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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