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Adoption in NH: How It's Changed & What it Looks Like Today

The Mowry Family

It was decades ago that adoption became a more open arrangement.  Rather than no contact whatsoever and a secretive approach, birth and adoptive parents began communicating both before and after the adoption. Now there are all sorts of variations -- from exchanging occasional letters and pictures to more frequent contact. Still, it can be a difficult decision that raises boundary issues, among others. In New Hampshire, the tendency has been toward more minimal involvement. We'll look at this and other recent trends in adoption, including the rise of single parenting. 
  This program was originally broadcast on July 26, 2016.


  • Caroline Glennon - manager of Adoption Services for Child and Family Services of NH in Manchester. She has worked in the field of adoption for 30 years. 
  • Matt Mowry - he and his wife adopted two boys about a year ago. He is also the editor of Business NH magazine. 
  • Kelly Smith - social worker specializing in foster and adoptive families. She has worked in the field for 25 years. 

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