In open adoption the birth parents and adoptive parents know one another and build a relationship, to better communicate with one another throughout the child's lifetime. In an open adoption, the adoptive family and birth parents agree on what type of contact they would like to have, which could include pictures and letters, e-mails or visits by the birth parents. The stronger the relationship between the adoptive and birth parent, the more likely that ongoing visitation will occur. After parental rights are terminated the adoptive family does not legally have to continue contact, however an open adoption is built on trust therefore contact continues on this basis, not on a legal basis.
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