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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains the various steps of an open adoption process and walks prospective adopting parents through the whole process to make things easier for them
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Once the adoptive parents join the agency or attorney or whatever adoption professional they are going to be working with for your adoption. The first thing you will do is a home study. That will approve you in whatever state you are adopting in. Once you are live and approved, that allows the birth mother to choose you. You will usually get contacted by a birth mother, and you will get to know her. It's important that you like her too. For the future of your child will be able to pick up on how you feel about their birth mother. They will know that's where they came from. It's important that you do like the birth mother that you are matched with. You get to know her during the time that she is pregnant and be at the hospital at the birth. The adoptive parents actually take the baby home from the hospital or to the hotel, if they have traveled for the birth. Within a few weeks, the parents' rights will be terminated. There is a period where you will meet with a social worker, about once a month. Then you will go to court for finalization; which is a happy ceremony and day of celebration where you take an oath with the judge, get a teddy bear, and take a picture. It is a day that you will celebrate as your adoption day. From then on, you are an adoptive family. Hopefully, you will stay contact with the agency and we'll see you throughout the years.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains the various steps of an open adoption process and walks prospective adopting parents through the whole process to make things easier for them

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Founder of Bliss Adoption Services

Dr. Jennifer Bliss has dedicated her career to adoption education and support. She specializes in providing clinical services for all members of the adoption triad, including adoption education/consultation and pre/post adoption relationship support. Throughout her career, Dr. Bliss has been passionate about educating the public on best practices in adoption and the psychology of open adoption. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.
Dr. Bliss received her BA in Psychology and BS in Education from University of Southern California. She went on to earn her MSW from UCLA and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss has supervised adoption counselors across the country and has spoken on the psychology behind open adoption at universities and statewide conferences. She has also appeared as the open adoption expert on radio programs, podcasts, television shows and was the primary adoption consultant and featured counselor on WEtv's 4-part documentary series, "Adoption Diaries.”

 

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