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LEgALLy SPEAkINg by Sally A. Hoelzel Attorney at Law OPEN ADOPTION Adoption can take many forms. Adopted children may be local or come from another country; they may be relatives, family friends, or strangers. The traditional adoption process involves keeping the record of the biological parent(s) secret. This type of proceeding is typically used when the biological and adoptive parents are not known to each other. An “open” adoption process allows some degree of contact between the adoptive and birth parents. An open adoption may also include contact between the adopted child and the birth parents. Some adoptive parents may meet the birth parents only once, while others may agree to participate in an ongoing relationship. It is up to the families to work out the details of an open adoption. An attorney can assist with defining the terms of the agreement and specifying the rights of each party. For any type of adoption, seek the services of an attorney who understands all aspects of adoption law. At Pruitt Law Offices S.C., we can answer your questions and provide sound advice to protect both the adoptive parents and the adopted child. We are conveniently located at 731 Main St. Call us at 262-633-8301 to set up a consultation. Your partners for professional service www.pruittlawoffices.com Advertisement