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 An open adoption allows the biological parents continued rights to visit or get information about the child. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 16 Feb. 2024 Florence Fisher, an adoptee who spent decades searching for her birth parents and then spent another half century fighting to open adoption records for millions of others, died on Oct. 1 in Brooklyn. Clay Risen, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Fearing that her future newborn will be taken from her and become trapped in the system, Gia considers the offer of a sympathetic social worker named Carmen (Erika Alexander) for an open adoption, in which Gia, as birth mother, would be a part of her child’s life. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 13 July 2023 There is the youngest generation, some of whom have open adoptions and have always known their birth parents, posting on adoptee TikTok. Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2023 There is an open adoption agreement in place with Lalie’s birth parents for two visits per year., 25 Feb. 2023 To this day, the niece is happy with her decision and participates in the open adoption. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2022 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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