Open Adoption Is the New Norm and Here’s What It’s All About

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Maintaining contact with the birth family has become the preferred method of adopting a child. Learn the basics of open adoption and how to make it work for you.

When you’re adopting, probably the last thing you want to do is share that little bundle of joy you’re bringing home. But open adoption—in which you maintain some form of contact with your child’s birth family—is the new norm.

In fact, 95 percent of adoptions are now open in some way, according to The Donaldson Adoption Institute, an adoption research, education, and advocacy organization in New York City.

Adoption experts recommend staying in touch with the birth family to give your child the opportunity to make sense of his past—and open adoption provides additional benefits for you and the birth family, too.

Here’s what you need to know to make it a success.