Information provided to adopting parents, birthparents, adopted persons or others, excluding identifying data; for example, a birthparent may be told the adopting parents are athletic and given general information about their occupation, ethnic and racial background and religion. Similar information about the birthparents is shared with the adopting parents.
Identifying data, such as names, city where the person lives, and other information that could help identify a person, is not revealed in a traditional adoption.
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