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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

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. 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 attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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