Open Adoption and Family Connections

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


Adoption provides permanent family placement and legal security for children in care who cannot return to their birth family. In Northern Ireland there is a particularly open model of adoption, and many children adopted from care have a plan for continued meetings with their birth relatives. This presentation will give an overview of open adoption practice in Northern Ireland and draw on research with adoptive parents to identify the unique benefits and challenges of children’s meetings with their birth family. It will highlight the emotional complexities of post-adoption contact for children who have experienced maltreatment or trauma. It will conclude with discussion of what can be learned from the Northern Irish experience to inform sensitive negotiation and support for contact following adoption.
Period15 Dec 2021
Event titleOpen Adoption: Evolving Policies and Lived Experience
Event typeSeminar
LocationWarsaw, PolandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational