Open Adoption Visits

Adoption STAR enjoys educating others on open adoption, also known as PACA (post adoption contact agreement), and we are happy to see that more and more birth families and adoptive families are choosing to maintain a relationship after the adoption placement.

We believe this is what is in the best interest of the child. Open adoptions can involve as much or as little contact as the two families agree upon, and many include visits between the birth family and adoptive families.

When a PACA involves visits after the placement, it is important to take into consideration the age of the child, the weather and geographic area you will all be connecting in.  Often times it is better to have a structured activity or a designated place to go for these visits, so we are asking for the input of both birth family members and adoptive family members as we put together a comprehensive list of creative ideas and activities for post adoption contact visits.

Please share activities or places that have been positive for you during a post adoption visit.  We would love to hear them!  These activities or places can be specific to your local area or general ideas that anyone can do.  The more creative, the better!

After gathering everyone’s suggestions we will create a shareable PDF that we hope will assist others when they are planning their next post adoption visit.

If you would like to contribute any ideas, please do so in the comment section of this blog post or on our Facebook page. You can also email any suggestions to