Partners: Working with Birth Parents
Working Together for Forever–The Benefits of Working with Birth Parents
This issue of Partners focuses on relationships. The triad of birth parents, children (whether foster or adoptive), and families who are fostering or adopting is complex. Questions arise around shared parenting while in foster care, myths about birth parents, complexities of law and relationships after adoption – including children wondering about search and continued relationships with birth relatives.
There are no easy answers to these issues. Wisconsin has had a very strong search law for many years for adoptees after 18 – but it does not have an openness law as do many other states. Yet, at the same time, we have a huge degree of “openness” that is happening informally between adoptive parents and birth parents and/or their extended family.
- Working Together for Forever–The Benefits of Working with Birth Parents
- Searching for Connections
- Debunking Some Myths about Birth Parents
- Openness in Adoption: A Balanced Approach