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MICHIGAN AGENCY CURRENTLY OFFERS OPEN ADOPTION, RECOMMENDED BY LAWMAKERS ON THURSDAY

 MICHIGAN AGENCY CURRENTLY OFFERS OPEN ADOPTION,
 RECOMMENDED BY LAWMAKERS ON THURSDAY
 ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of a House Judiciary subcommittee in Lansing Thursday recommended that since birth mothers and couples wishing to adopt are going to other states for open adoptions, agencies in Michigan should no longer have a monopoly on adoptions in Michigan.
 Open adoptions have been available in Michigan for some time at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County.
 Catholic Social Services defines open adoption as a process wherein birth parents select the adoptive family for their child and, together, they design a mutual plan for ongoing communication. In this way, birth parents make a responsible choice which assures them that their child is in a loving home.
 Catholic Social Services assists birth parents from throughout Michigan. Couples wishing to adopt must reside or work in Washtenaw County, though exceptions are made for minority and special needs children.
 Open adoptions through Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County provide all the safeguards to prevent abuses, such as baby selling, that have been reported when adoptions are made directly between birth parents and adoptive couples.
 Open adoption, as practiced by Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, ensures safeguards and yet eliminates the dissatisfactions with traditional and outdated adoption procedures among birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees. It gives all the parties involved the degree of openness that they want.
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 /NOTE: A spokesperson is available today. CONTACT: John Martin of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, 313-662-4534/ CO: Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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