open adoption

noun

: an adoption that involves contact between biological and adoptive parents and sometimes between biological parents and the adopted child

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web First, there are millions of parents with arms wide open, ready to receive a child and maintain an open adoption. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2022 What does an open adoption look like for a single mother? San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2022 Her biological parents have an open adoption agreement to stay in contact with her. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 Research has found that open adoption leads to fewer behavioral problems, better emotional adjustment, more positive identity formation, and higher self-esteem in adoptees. Sara Gaynes Levy, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 More than a dozen states are currently considering legislation to open adoption records (to varying degrees). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2021 More than a dozen states are currently considering legislation to open adoption records (to varying degrees). Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 17 Apr. 2021 More than a dozen states are currently considering legislation to open adoption records (to varying degrees). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2021 More than a dozen states are currently considering legislation to open adoption records (to varying degrees). Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open adoption was in 1973

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“Open adoption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20adoption. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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