December 24, 2004 Roughly 50,000 children are adopted out of foster care each year. One in five of those is a teen. Another 20,000 teens "age out" of the system, leaving without finding a permanent adoptive family. NPR's Anne Hawke profiles Robert Jackson-Wright, who met his adoptive family on the eve of adulthood.
December 24, 2004 Families choosing open adoption don't just gain a son or daughter — they gain an extended family that includes a birth mother and sometimes aunts and grandparents. For one adoptive family in Overland Park, Kan., building and keeping those ties is not as complicated as it sounds. NPR's Greg Allen reports.