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The Thriving Child ~ seeking better outcomes for fostered, adopted, and other trauma-affected or at-risk children ~
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"Closed adoptions create walls; open adoptions create boundaries that may change over time as people change or new folks arrive.  Preserving connections is recognition that children have rights to their history and adoptive parents are keepers of their children’s heritage.... Open adoptions are the creation of continuing relationships that occur when a child is placed from his or her family of origin into another permanent legal family or is placed with extended kin.  A fully disclosed open adoption implies an active, building of trust, open communication and a concern about the other individuals connected to this child. It is an attitude of the heart and is child focused. By nature, relationships require an investment of time and emotion, an ability to accept risk, mutual respect, and an ability to accommodate people whose needs and beliefs are different from yours."
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We are looking forward to speaking at the New Worlds of Adoption Conference at the University of Massachusetts this Thursday (April 11).
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Just posted: Open Adoption is a spectrum, right?

Ummmm....I don't think so.
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Erica's MotherWoman speech. Grab a tissue and click play! 
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"The adoption book the Internet wrote." Review/interview about my book by +Heather Schade with #giveaway.
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Erica's on TV! She appears as a panelist in "Families Are the Frontline: Preventing, Treating, and Recovering From Substance Use and Mental Disorders." The webcast of the show is now available; click the link below for more information.
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We are two moms making our way through open adoption and hoping to support others in doing the same.