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These are the ten things you wish you knew before choosing adoption—the things adopted kids wish their adoptive parents knew before making the adoption decision. Many people begin to consider adopting a child without understanding how much adoption has changed over recent years. That’s understandable. The concept of having a relationship between birth parents and the adoptive family is still foreign to a lot of people. While open adoption has become increasingly more common, the tragedy is that so many hopeful adoptive parents don’t understand how their life will change once birth parents become part of the picture. Too many adoptions start out open only to close communication when things get difficult. Every open adoption is unique and complex, but the basics are the same. 10 Adoption Essentials simplifies the open adoption relationship. Those who know the basics of open adoption will be better prepared for the difficult times. And those who are better prepared for the difficult times will have the tools they need to build what has the potential to be a beautiful and rewarding relationship for everyone in the adoption triad.