5 Common Questions about Private Adoption in Texas
By Katy Reagan
If you are considering adoption, adoption agencies in San Antonio and all across Texas can help you. Adoption Choices of Texas is a local licensed and private adoption agency. No matter where you are in the state, we can help you. So, why should you choose a private adoption agency? We give you all of your options and let you make the best decision for you and your child. Here we will answer some common questions about private adoption in Texas.
1. What is private vs. public adoption?
You’ve probably heard the terms private and public adoption. So, what’s the difference? Private adoptions give you control over the adoption process. Private adoption is when you voluntarily place your child for adoption through an adoption agency. Public adoption is when you no longer have custody of your child and no say over where they go.
With Adoption Choices of Texas, you are choosing a private adoption. As soon as you contact us, we will walk you through putting your child up for adoption. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, this can be a time you feel like you’ve lost control. We give you back that control. You will meet with your personal adoption specialist to talk about what you want for your child. Together you create an adoption plan. This outlines every choice you make about the adoption.
2. Does private adoption mean confidential?
The short answer is it’s up to you. Private adoption means you get to choose whether or not you’d like the adoption to be confidential. You can share as little or as much information as you want. Depending on what you want, you then choose an adoptive family who wants the same.
You can choose to get to know your child and have them know you. You and the adoptive family can keep both your confidentiality and go your separate ways when the adoption is finalized. Or you can choose something in the middle. Your adoption options are based on the level of communication you want with your child and adoptive family. You can choose from an open, semi-open, or closed adoption.
3. What is open adoption?
Open adoption has full communication between a birth mother and the adoptive family. The child is also allowed contact with his or her birth parents. The level of communication between the child and the birth parents is determined by an agreement between the birth and adoptive family.
If you want to play a role in your child’s life without the responsibility of parenthood, this is for you. Open adoption allows your child to get to know you and your history. Knowing their family medical history helps to keep them healthy in the future. Through open adoption, you get to know your child and watch them grow up.
4. What is semi-open adoption?
Semi-open adoption has indirect and confidential communication between a birth mother and the adoptive family. This communication is done through an adoption agency. Adoption Choices of Texas uses a secure line called ChildConnect.
A semi-open adoption has less pressure than an open adoption but more flexibility than a closed adoption. You get regular updates about your child without having to maintain a close relationship with them. You also have a level of confidentiality that you’re comfortable with.
5. What is a closed adoption?
A closed adoption has zero communication between a birth mother and the adoptive family before, during, or after the adoption. This is completely confidential because no identifying information is shared.
Although closed adoptions are less common these days, they are still a good option for some birth mothers. Adoptive families still have information about medical history, so it isn’t a risk to the child. If you aren’t in a place mentally or physically to be in your child’s life, this might be for you.
Choosing adoption with Adoption Choices of Texas
There’s no need to worry about giving up my baby. You are not giving anything up. You are creating a better future for yourself and your child. Here at Adoption Choices of Texas, we do not judge. No one knows your situation better than you do. We listen to you. We only help you make decisions that you want help with. Whatever decision you make, we support you. Your adoption specialist will advocate for your choices. You and your baby are our top priority. This is a journey you will not take alone.
If you are considering adoption and want more information on private adoption, we can answer your questions.
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 945-444-0333, text us at 945-444-0333, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029