For many decades in the United States, adoptions were an affair shrouded in secrecy. Birth families and adoptive families did not know each other. Adoption records were sealed (and still are, in most states). Adoptees grew up without a connection to their biological roots, often wondering about where they came from and if there was anyone out there who looked like them, acted like them, thought like them.
Things have changed a lot over the past 20 years or so, however, and today, approximately 95% of private adoptions in the United States are open. If you’re new to the adoption scene, you may not be familiar with open adoption.
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