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Maintaining COVID-19 safe and aware practice

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Open adoption

Updated: 01 July 2013

The following definition changes our notion of adoption from a legal process which divides families to one which unites them in a new configuration: "Adoption is a means of providing some children with security and meeting their developmental needs by legally transferring ongoing parental responsibilities from their birthparents to their adoptive parents, recognising that in so doing, we have created a new kinship network that forever links these two families through the child. In adoption, as in marriage, the new legal family relationship does not signal the absolute end of one family and the beginning of another, nor does it sever the psychological tie to an earlier family. Rather it expands the family boundaries of all who are involved" (Reitz & Watson, 1992).