Children who have been adopted are part of at least two families—their birth or first family and their adoptive family. Many, especially those adopted at an older age, have connections to their birth parents or other members of their birth family. Adoptive parents often need help navigating these relationships or even answering questions about birth family.

We encourage you to read NACAC’s position statement on adoptees’ access to records and open adoption, as well as to read the resources below.

Additional information on adoptee rights and openness in adoption is available at:

Read NACAC articles about Birth Family Connections and Openness:

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The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family.


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