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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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 Two years into an eight-year sentence, Morgan hopes that reading from afar to her son, who was taken in by his uncle through an open adoption, will help her stay connected to him. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 Any interested family should be willing to maintain an open adoption with their birth mother., "Friendly brothers hope for a family to share," 26 May 2018 Most agencies allow varying degrees of open adoptions. Rita Giordano,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Millions of dogs need homes. Why is it sometimes hard to adopt one?," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of open adoption

1973, in the meaning defined above

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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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