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Open Adoption and Diverse Families: Complex Relationships in the Digital Age

Abbie E. Goldberg


This book traces the experiences of diverse adoptive families—including lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parent families, and families who adopted through foster care and private adoption—as they manage birth family relationships across their children’s childhood. It explores the diversity among families in how open adoption is envisioned, enacted, and experienced over time. The author uses interview data from four time points spanning preadoption to 8 years postadoption to address a variety of questions, including: How do adoptive parents feel about openness when they first learn about it, and ... More

Keywords: adoption, adoptive parents, birth parents, birth family, boundaries, contact, Facebook, Internet, open adoption, openness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190692032
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190692032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abbie E. Goldberg, author
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University