Adoption is more than a decision, it’s a journey. Your first step is choosing a reputable adoption agency that offers the care and support you need. 

What Is Open Adoption?

There are three basic adoption plans: open, closed, and semi-open. In previous years, all adoptions were closed. Neither the adoptive family nor the birth mother had any information about the other. 

With the rise of digital communication and home DNA testing, it’s more difficult to maintain a closed adoption. Today, experts find that an open adoption is healthiest for everyone. 

An open adoption includes direct contact between the adoptive family and the birth mother. You know one another’s names and decide on how you want to communicate before, during, and after final placement. 

Closed Adoption

With a closed adoption, the birth mom and adoptive parents have little to no contact. There is also no sharing of identifying information (including names or contact information). The process is completely private. Closed adoption can give a woman a sense of closure if that’s what she’s seeking.

Semi-Open Adoption

A semi-open adoption allows you to have contact with the adoptive family and your child since all emails or letters go through the adoption agency. It’s more private than an open adoption because you don’t share any identifying information.

Will my baby be confused if I choose open or semi-open adoption? 

Confusion depends more on the extent of communication that occurs between the child and the adoptive family. Actually, closed adoption seems to create the most confusion or frustration for adopted children because of the unknown.

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