Openness in Adoption: From Secrecy and Stigma to Knowledge and Connections

This report depicts how extensively adoption in the U.S. has changed over the last several decades – from a time when it was shrouded in so much secrecy that birth and adoptive families knew nothing about each other, to a new reality today in which the vast majority of infant adoptions are "open," meaning the two families have some level of ongoing relationship.

Author: Deborah Siegel and Susan Smith

Published: March 2012