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Open adoption

Open adoption is a broad term that refers to an adopted child’s birth family staying in touch with them. It covers a range of potential arrangements in which birth parents or other family members may stay in touch.

Open adoption is not defined in law. Birth parents do not have a right to contact following adoption. This also applies to the wider birth family. During the adoption process, the adoption agency and the court should consider whether continuing contact is in the child’s best interests.

In practice, the court is unlikely to order that contact should continue unless the adoptive parents agree.

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