• November 2018
  • Vol. 19, No. 9

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Openness in Adoption Training

Openness in adoption has many unique rewards and challenges for all members of the adoption triad. From providing the adoptees with a deeper understanding of where they come from to facilitating additional support and encouragement between both the birth and adoptive parents, there are several benefits to open adoption. There are also challenges that can arise.

The Donaldson Adoption Institute created a free, online curriculum, titled Openness in Adoption: What a Concept!, for individuals and couples who are seeking to adopt, have adopted, or have relinquished a child to adoption. This three-part curriculum is a mix of audio and video clips, questions, and exercises that users can complete at their own pace.

With an accompanying user guide that provides definitions, summaries of main points, and additional resources, this resource takes users through exploring, experiencing, and living openness in adoption. Each of the three sections is expected to take around 2 hours. Professionals who want to use this curriculum to train clients should contact the Donaldson Adoption Institute for a comprehensive trainer's guide.

The training also features an hour-long documentary, "Understanding Open Adoption," which highlights perspectives from adoption professionals and families who are experiencing open adoption.

The Openness in Adoption: What a Concept! curriculum and user guide are available at https://www.adoptioninstitute.org/openness/?mc_cid=ed2274b605&mc_eid=11c69c7a21.

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