Open Adoptions on the Rise

Increase in Open Adoptions

Openness in Adoption Spreading Across the U.S

The Wall Street Journal ran a story about how Open Adoptions are on the rise, by Mara Lemos Stein.

“As opposed to closed or confidential adoptions, open adoptions allow the adoptive and birth families some degree of contact, which can range from a single, in-person meeting to sharing photos and news periodically, to frequent reunions. In a shift over the past 30 years, the vast majority of domestic adoptions are now open. The phenomenon has become more visible over the past few years thanks, in part, to the popular MTV series “Teen Mom,” which prominently features an open adoption.

“Today, there is some degree of contact in about 95% of adoptions, according to a study published in March by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York, a nonprofit focused on adoption policy and practice. That is up from 79% in 1999 and about 36% in the late 1980s.

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