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As open and semi-open adoption arrangements have become more common, post-adoption communication and contact agreements have become necessary. Childconnect is here to meet the need and go above and beyond to provide security and excitement for all involved!
Post-adoption contact agreements clarify post-adoption communication for both birth parents, adoptive parents, and one day, adoptees.
A defined post-adoption communication plan often provides birth parents with peace of mind. It offers reassurance that he or she will always have a way to obtain information about the child – progress, growth, favorite things, and the little quirks that make a child an individual. This helps birth parents feel that they made the right choice, and allows them to be actively involved in their child’s life, even if they are far away.
While every adoption situation is different, the child’s needs are at the center. With Childconnect, no matter the adoption arrangement, both birth parents and adoptive parents can contribute in a way that helps the child understand their life journey over time.
Haley Horstman, assistant professor of interpersonal and family communication in the Department of Communication in the MU College of Arts and Science, says that an open line of anticipated communication has made a positive impact on birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents. “We found that the best outcome for an adopted child is for adoptive parents and birth parents to jointly tell the story of adoption, when appropriate. This open communication between birth parents and adoptive parents has changed the nature of adoptions; birth parents have appreciated this new movement toward openness.”
Childconnect assures that privacy is protected, and makes it easy to honor post-adoption communication plans. Birth parents have quick access to photos and letters, know when updates are coming, and can receive physical copies if they wish. Both adoptive parents and birth parents do not have to worry about creating a separate email address or setting up a new phone number in order to maintain their privacy. Childconnect makes post-adoption communication something that doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating – creating a channel for adoptees to grow, knowing they are loved by two families.