'Open' adoptions on the rise

A new report shows that closed adoptions are a thing of the past.

Only around five percent of infant adoptions in the United States take place now without an ongoing relationship between the birth parent and adoptive family.

According to the Washington Post, of the roughly 14,000 to 18,000 infant adoptions each year, about 55 percent are fully open, with the parties agreeing to ongoing contact that includes the child.

Based on a survey of 100 adoption agencies, The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute says the new norm is for birthparents considering adoption to meet with prospective adoptive parents and pick the new family for their baby.

The Donaldson institute says its own research and numerous other studies suggest most participants find open adoptions a positive experience.