How do I adopt a child

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Open adoption is mutual selection, which means that we are going to ask you to fill out a profile that you are comfortable with. That's going to include ethnicity, age, financial needs of the birth mother. The birth mother is also going to be able to express what she is comfortable with as far as ethnicity, region of the country she is looking for, or religion that she wants her child to be raised in. It's important that people are honest. There are so many situations out there. There is one for you. I'd rather somebody, when they are filling out their profile, really be honest about what their comfort zone is, then try to be extremely open, but not honest with themselves and have to walk away from a situation at the last minute.

Learn about: Open adoption and ethnicity from Jennifer Bliss, PsyD,...


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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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