Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Edward Skarnulis, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rosemary Link, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Gerald Huber, M.S.W MPH


While adoption has been in existence for centuries, only in recent years has open adoption, the procedure in which contact continued between birth parents and their biological children, been practiced. Consequently, the affect of this practice on birth parents, adoptive parents and their children has had limited study. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of open adoption on their relationship with the adopted child. The outcome of this study indicates that open adoption is a positive change in social work practice and this change in philosophy of family building has resulted in a positive experience for the families in this study.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Johnson.C