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by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS


Child Welfare Information Gateway. "Openness in Adoption: Bulletin for Professionals." http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/openadoptbulletin.cfm

Dorner, Patricia Martinez. How to Open an Adoption: A guide for parents and birthparents of minors. (Michigan: R-Squared Press, 1997)

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Grotevant, Harold D. "What Works in Open Adoption" in What Works in Child Welfare, Edited by Miriam P. Kluger, G. Alexander and P. Curtis (Washington, DC: CWLA Press, 2000)

Grotevant, Harold D. and Ruth G, McRoy. Open Adoption: Exploring Family Connections. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000)

Melina, Lois Ruskai and Sharon Kaplan Roszia. Open Adoption Experience: Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families-From Making the Decision Through the Child's Growing Up Years. (New York: Harper-Collins, 1993)

Pavao, Joyce Maguire. The Family of Adoption, revised. (Boston: Beacon Press, 2005)

Romanchek, Brenda. What is Open Adoption? (Michigan: R-Squared Press, 1999)

Silber, Kathleen and Patricia Martinez Dorner. The Children of Open Adoption. (San Antonio, TX: Corona Publishing, 1990)

Silber, Kathleen and Phylis Speedlin, Dear Birthmother, 3rd Edition. (San Antonio, TX: Corona Publishing, 1991)

Waters, Jane. Arms Wide Open: An Insight into Open Adoption. (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2005)

Wolff, Jana. Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother, 2nd Edition. (Kansas City, MO: Vista Communications, 1999)

This course has been adapted by Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS from Chapter 10 and other sections of her 2008 book Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families (Indianapolis, IN: Perspectives Press, Inc.)

Adopting was awarded the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award from IBPA as the best new book in the field of self-help and a 2010 Mom's Choice gold medal. It can be purchased in hardcover or Kindle versions here.


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