Date of Award

5-1-1999

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Edward Skarnulis, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Laura Boisen, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Joan Clarkson, MSW

Abstract

Adoption has been a way of creating families for centuries. The trend toward more direct and communicative relationships between adoptees, birth parents and the adoptive parents is gaining favor in the adoption arena. The purpose of this analysis is to place an historical context on the evolution of open adoption and to analyze its strengths and weaknesses. The outcome of this research indicates that open adoption is a positive way to build families and create lasting relationships between the adoptee, birth parents and adoptive parents.

Identifier

SC 11.MSW.1999.Cavanaug.M

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