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Other People's Children

by R.J. Hoffmann

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Open Adoption in the United States

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Close up photo of a baby's hand gripping an adult's fingerAround 140,000 children are adopted in the U.S. each year. This equates to nearly 100 million Americans having some experience of adoption within their immediate family. While the process was once shrouded in secrecy and stigma for many, it is much more commonly discussed and celebrated today. In fact, many U.S. agencies now encourage both the biological and adoptive parent(s) to consider engaging in open adoption, and 9 out of 10 birth mothers are now requesting some degree of contact with their child's adoptive parent(s).

What is an open adoption?

Put simply, there are three main types of adoption — closed, semi-open and open. In the past, nearly all adoptions in the U.S. were closed. This is when there is no contact or information exchanged between a child's birth parent(s) and their adoptive parent(s). With a semi-open adoption, only non-identifying information can be exchanged, with a third party (like an agency or social worker) acting as a go-between when it comes to ...

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