open adoption


Definition of open adoption

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Creating a Family dedicates several resources on its website to open adoption as does the Child Welfare Information Gateway. David Dodge, New York Times, "What to Know Before Adopting a Child," 18 Apr. 2020 There are numerous studies showing the benefit of open private infant adoption, but little attention has been given to open adoption after foster care. Washington Post, "How two families are navigating open adoption after foster care," 26 Nov. 2019 Legally freed for adoption, Makaila maintains regular contact with her birth parents through an open adoption agreement., "Makaila is a friendly and empathetic teenager with a big heart and a warm smile. She enjoys playing sports, and being particularly tall for her age she loves basketball. She also enjoys taking dance classes and spending time with friends.," 17 Nov. 2019 Yet open adoption is much less common when children are adopted from foster care. Washington Post, "How two families are navigating open adoption after foster care," 26 Nov. 2019 Through a Google search, the two found The Cradle, and Hamrin started to learn more about adoption, especially the concept of an open adoption, where the child and adoptive parents have a relationship with the birth parents. Kate Thayer,, "Evanston adoption agency wants people to stop using the phrase ‘giving up’ a child," 20 Nov. 2019 The contract didn’t lay out any provisions of an open adoption. oregonlive, "Oregon women lose $50K lawsuit over disputed ‘open dog adoption’," 15 Nov. 2019 But our once-very open adoption has dwindled over the years, mostly because her other mama has pulled away from us. Leah Campbell, Glamour, "As an Adoptive Mom, I Have Complicated Feelings About The Handmaid's Tale," 21 June 2019 The research clearly shows that open adoption is better, psychologically. The Cut, The Cut, "The Mom Who Thought She Was Finally Pregnant," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of open adoption

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Open adoption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of open adoption

chiefly US : an adoption in which the people who become the legal parents of a child meet the child's biological parents

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