Traditional Adoption Law and Legal Definition

Traditional Adoption is a term used often to refer to a domestic infant adoption in which confidentiality of the birthparents and the adoptive parents is preserved. It is equivalent to a closed adoption. These are the types of adoptions that have been arranged, mostly by agencies, since around 1920 in the United States. Traditional adoptions are usually contrasted to so-called open or direct placements, where birth mother and adopted family know who each other are.