Prevalence of open adoption

David Brodzinsky, PhD Psychologist and Author, explains how common open adoptions are today and what has led to the increase in open adoption rates
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Prevalence of open adoption

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Open adoptions are very common these days. For domestically placed babies, most of those adoptions are open adoptions in one form or another. Child welfare adoptions are already defacto open adoptions in the sense that the child already knows their birth parents or birth siblings, and may even have some contact with them after the placement. International adoption is much less open. Although the trend today is for more and more families to visit the country of origin later on and to find more about the family, and perhaps, to meet the family themselves.

David Brodzinsky, PhD Psychologist and Author, explains how common open adoptions are today and what has led to the increase in open adoption rates

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David Brodzinsky, PhD

Psychologist & Author

David Brodzinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He also maintains an active private practice serving the clinical needs of children and families, including individuals who are part of the adoption triad. Brodzinsky has written and lectured extensively in the fields of developmental and clinical psychology and is an internationally known expert in the field of adoption. He is co-author of such well-known books as, The Psychology of Adoption, Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, and Children's Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues.

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