What is an open adoption?

2. Make an openness agreement

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An is an agreement that is made between a child's adoptive parents and birth parent, relative, or other person. It says how they agree to keep in contact in the future. If the child is old enough, it may include what the child wants too.

An openness agreement can be a verbal agreement or it can be a written one. A written agreement helps to show exactly what everyone agreed on.

An openness agreement can be made at any time before or after the adoption takes place. The agreement can be formal or informal and can change over time to meet the child's needs.

You don't have to go to court to make an openness agreement. But if you want to go to court, you have to then ask for an , not an openness agreement.

An openness agreement can be hard to enforce if the birth or adoptive parents stop following it. This means it is difficult to get a to make the parents start following the agreement. Sometimes you can get help from your adoption agency. In rare cases, you can go to court.

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