Adoption is an option many women consider if they aren’t ready to be parents but aren’t comfortable with the idea of an abortion. While it requires great sacrifice, it can also be a tremendous gift to a couple looking to grow their family who cannot otherwise. And today there are many options for open adoptions that allow for an ongoing relationship with your child and the adoptive family.
Three Types of Adoption
When it comes to adoption, there are three types of adoption you can choose from: Open, closed, and semi-open. Each option comes with pros and cons and will require careful consideration from you to determine which one is best for you.
Open adoption has grown in popularity in recent years because it allows birth mothers to still play a role in the lives of the children they placed for adoption. In an open adoption, you can have regular communication and interaction with the child and adoptive family, allowing you to play an ongoing role and have relationship with the child and family. Open adoptions have proved fulfilling for both birth mother and child as well as for the adoptive family.
A closed adoption is much like how it sounds. Birth records, information about you and the child, and information about the adoptive family are all closed. This is a good option for women who don’t desire ongoing communication or relationship with their child and who prefer a clean break so they can move on in their lives. It’s a valid option that can be difficult to make but allows women to still live a life of thriving after the birth and adoption.
A semi-open adoption is the least defined and is somewhere in between an open and closed adoption. The terms of the type of relationship you have with the child and family moving forward are mediated by a third party and agreed upon by you and the adoptive family. This option allows you to know your child and the family but is more defined in what that looks like than an open adoption.
When it comes to the adoption plan that’s right for you, there isn’t one right answer. It all depends on what you think will be best for you and your own health and peace of mind moving forward.
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