Lisa Ling is an investigative reporter taking a closer look at open adoption as part of her “Our America” documentary series.
This video explores the relationship between Sophie – a girl who chose adoption after becoming unexpectedly pregnant at 16 – and Ben and Katie – the parents who adopted her child.
After decades of adoption practices shrouded in secrecy and marked by no contact between adoptive and birth families, the norm in adoption is now some level of openness. Ninety percent of adoptions are now open to some degree.
“They’re such wonderful parents to him,” says Sophie, of her son’s parents. “When I go over there, I know in my gut that they were meant to be his – and he was meant to be theirs.”
Openness in adoption can bring peace to all parties, particularly birth parents and adoptees, but also to adoptive parents, who often say that they feel blessed to have added the birth parents to their lives and have them be so accessible to their child.