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

Examples of open adoption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of open adoption

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Open adoption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20adoption. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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