A guide to the issues and concerns of adoptive and birth families through all stages of the open adoption relationship. A growing number of adoptions involve birth and adoptive parents who are not related, but have contact with each other. This is called open adoption.
Lois Ruskai Melina is the editor of Adopted Child newsletter and serves on the board of directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of information about adoption and providing guidance for practice and policy change in the field. Melina speaks frequently about adoption to professional organizations and adoptive parents throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. She is the author of Making Sense of Adoption and the coauthor of The Open Adoption Experience.