“New Study Examines the Effect of ‘Open’ Adoption on Families”

“Adopted children who are satisfied with how much they can communicate with their birth parents do better, according to new research out Monday from the University of Massachusetts that identifies the benefits of “open” adoptions. Dr. Harold Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, says the data debunk the theory that open adoptions confuse children.” See full article...

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PACER Groups for Adopted Persons and Birth Parents

I recently interviewed April Topfer an adult adoptee and President of PACER. PACER: Post-Adoption Center for Education and Research has served the Northern California adoption community for 35 years. PACER is a nonprofit and grassroots volunteer organization run by individuals with a lived adoption experience. With an estimated 6 million adoptees and roughly one third of the US population living with an adoption experience, PACER knows that...

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For Adoptive Parents: The Tween Years

For Adoptive Parents: The Tween Years

I joined 15 parents on Saturday, who wisely gathered to hear Beth Hall, Executive Director of PACT An Adoption Alliance, talk about what adoptive parents need to know about the tween years. Seriously, I could have used this workshop when my son was younger!I give these parents a lot of credit for getting help ahead of time. Launching an adopted tween is a little bit easier if you first understand the hidden developmental and behavioral landmarks...

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Angela Tucker’s Film Closure

Angela Tucker’s Film Closure

If you haven’t had the chance to see Angela Tucker’s documentary, Closure, take the opportunity to see this heart rendering journey of adoption, reunion, and redemption. It’s a story about identity and the complexities of transracial adoption. The film is the official selection of the 2013 San Francisco Documentary Festival, and the 2013 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and the 2013 Minnesota Transracial Film...

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