Open Adoptions Are on the Rise

Submitted by James Kenny, PhD on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 10:00

In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal explored the issue of open adoptions, which allow some form of contact between adoptive and birth families. About 95 percent of domestic private adoptions are now open (compared to around 36 percent in the late 1980s).  Also known as “cooperative” adoptions, there are benefits and challenges.  Obviously, the statistics suggest that the advantages outweigh the problems.