An Open Adoption

An Open Adoption

by Lincoln Caplan

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Children in open adoptions know the identity of their birth parents and sometimes maintain a continuing relationship with them. Furthermore, adoptive and birth parents often select each other, usually through an intermediary. Many argue that this approach is psychologically healthier for all parties, although traditionalists contend that it can be dangerous. Caplan chronicles one such open adoption, involving a young unmarried couple from Delaware and an older couple from Boston. Interspersed are chapters on the history of adoption, opposition to open adoptions, and the modern relationship between adoption and abortion. This engaging account, much of which has appeared in The New Yorker, amply illustrates the inherent benefits as well as dangers of open adoption. Recommended.-- Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore

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