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Types of Adoptions: What are the options?

If you or someone you know is considering placing your baby for adoption, it is important to know the choices involved. In this short dialogue we’ll cover some common questions regarding the relationships the birth mother can choose to have with the adoptive parents and her child, and the categories they typically fall into: open adoption, semi-open, and closed adoption.

What if a birth mother wants as much contact with the adoptive parents and her child as possible?

This decision would be described as an open adoption. In these cases, a birth mother can receive information about her child’s well-being, the child’s integration into the adopted family, and the child’s general health. If a birth mother is comfortable, this can also include contact with her child over the phone, email, or even through personal get togethers.

Learn more about what is an open adoption.

What if a birth mother wants little to no information or contact with the adoptive parents and her child?

This situation is considered a closed adoption. If a birth mother chooses this option, contact between the adoptive parents, the child, and the birth mother is as limited as possible. While less common, in today’s adoption, closed adoptions allow a birth mother to maintain relative anonymity, which can be helpful in some situations.

What if a birth mother is looking for something in between?

This is also a choice and is considered a semi-open adoption. In these instances, birth mothers can receive information about her child, as well as have some contact – usually mediated with our agency. If developing a schedule for visitation seems too daunting, getting together on an as needed basis can be the best solution.

How to make the best decision in choosing which type of adoption

Choosing the best option is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Keep in mind that each decision, whether it falls under an open adoption, semi-open, or closed, is unique for every situation. Adoption Choices of Texas works with birth mothers to create an adoption plan that best fits her needs. No one should make this decision on their own, and Adoption Choices makes sure no one has to. If you have any questions, or you’re ready to get started with your adoption journey, call or text us at: 945-444-0333



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