open adoption

noun

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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Any interested family should be willing to maintain an open adoption with their birth mother. BostonGlobe.com, "Friendly brothers hope for a family to share," 26 May 2018 Most agencies allow varying degrees of open adoptions. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Love in the time of opioids: Adoption connects drug-exposed kids with new families," 7 May 2018 Bershadker points to another reason for open adoptions: the estimated 1.5 million cats and dogs that die in U.S. shelters every year. Arin Greenwood, chicagotribune.com, "Millions of dogs need homes. Why is it sometimes hard to adopt one?," 5 Feb. 2018 Initially, Mike was leery of open adoption, but Kristie gradually convinced him that such arrangements were best for children. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Kristie and Mike McCourt of Haverford," 10 Apr. 2018 Organizations practicing open adoptions generally do not do home visits or phone landlords to make sure pets are allowed. Arin Greenwood, chicagotribune.com, "Millions of dogs need homes. Why is it sometimes hard to adopt one?," 5 Feb. 2018 The appeal of international adoption during the peak years coincided with changes in American adoption laws that permitted open adoptions with birthparents having more rights to involvement in the lives of their children, Melson says. Marice Richter, star-telegram, "The lucky one," 27 Oct. 2017

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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open adoption

noun

English Language Learners Definition of open adoption

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

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