If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption as an option, it’s essential to understand what adoption looks like and what options are available.
Adoption is a complex and emotional decision involving various types of adoption; including closed, open, and semi-open.
Each type of adoption has its unique features and considerations. Keep reading to explore them in detail.
What Are the Options If I’m Considering Adoption?
Adoption is a legal process in which a single person or couple becomes the legal parent or parents of a child that is not their biological child. If you are considering adoption, you have different options to choose from:
- Closed Adoption: In a closed adoption, there is no contact between the birth and adoptive parents, and identifying information about each other is not shared following the adoption. The adoption records are sealed, and the birth parents have no involvement in the child’s life after the adoption is finalized.
This adoption provides privacy and anonymity for both the birth and the adoptive parents.
- Open Adoption: In an open adoption, there is an ongoing relationship between the birth and adoptive parents, and information is shared between them.
The level of openness in the adoption can vary and is determined by mutual agreement between the birth and adoptive parents. This can include communication through letters, emails, phone calls, or even in-person visits.
Open adoption allows the birth parents to maintain a connection with the child and be involved in their life to some extent.
- Semi-Open Adoption: Semi-open adoption is a combination of closed and open adoption. It allows for contact between the birth and adoptive parents, but usually through a third party, such as an adoption agency.
This option can include exchanging letters or photos, but there is no direct contact between the birth and adoptive parents.
Each type of adoption has its advantages and considerations, and it’s essential to carefully consider what type of adoption may be the best fit for your situation and needs.
Adoption is a complex and personal decision involving a lot of different options.
It’s essential to carefully consider your preferences and comfort level when choosing the type of adoption that is right for you. Still, you don’t have to navigate the process alone.
Elevier Women’s Center‘s caring team is available to offer support through the adoption process and to equip you with as much information as possible to make the best choice for you.
You are not alone. We are here to support and empower you in your decision.
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