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Open Adoptions Redefining the Extended Family

Joy Zimmerman and her adopted son, Connor, age 3 and a half.
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Joy Zimmerman and her adopted son, Connor, age 3 and a half.
Connor's birth mother, Cory Swayne, is still a part of his life.
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Connor's birth mother, Cory Swayne, is still a part of his life.

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, Kansas, building and keeping those ties is not as complicated as it sounds. NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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As NPR's Miami correspondent, Greg Allen reports on the diverse issues and developments tied to the Southeast. He covers everything from breaking news to economic and political stories to arts and environmental stories. He moved into this role in 2006, after four years as NPR's Midwest correspondent.