Are you thinking about placing your baby for adoption? Before committing to any decision, it’s important to choose an adoption type. Here are the three main types of adoption:
- Open Adoption
- Semi-Open Adoption
- Closed Adoption
Unmistakenly, many birth mothers choose semi-open and open adoptions. Why?
In this article, we discuss the benefits of open adoption and why it is a popular option amongst birth parents.
Here are the Benefits of Open Adoption!
1. You Choose the Family
The first item on our benefits of open adoption list is that you can choose your baby’s adoptive family.
After you contact an adoption agency, the agency will show you adoption profiles. These profiles tell you all about the families: their likes, dislikes, what they do for fun, where they work, what their family is like, and more.
After you view adoptive families, you can choose the family that meets your standards. In an open adoption, you are in control of where your baby goes.
2. You Can Meet the Family
The second benefit of open adoption is that you can choose what kind of relationship you have with the adoptive family.
If you would like the speak with families in person before deciding which couple adopts your baby, you can do that. If you would like to get to know the couple, you can exchange contact information with them. On the other hand, if you would like a professional relationship or even no relationship with the family, you can do that too.
The point is that you get to choose whether or not you meet the adoptive family, how often you meet with them, and what kind of relationship you want to have with them.
In addition, you can also spend time with them after the delivery in the hospital. However, if you do not want to spend time with them in the hospital, you don’t have to. You are in complete control of your contact with the adoptive family.
3. You Can Visit The Family After the Adoption
What makes open adoption different from a semi-open adoption is whether or not you keep in contact with the family after the baby is born, and the adoption is completed.
For example, in an open adoption, you can keep up with the family through call, text, or email. You can even visit them down the road if you desire.
If you decide not to keep in direct contact with the family, that’s okay too. In the end, you can determine what your contact with the family is like after the adoption.
However, in a semi-open adoption, you do not keep in direct contact with the family, nor do you visit them. If you wish, you can receive pictures and letter updates, but communication is otherwise limited.
In an open adoption, there are no limits except the ones you set!
4. Peace of Mind
Last but not least, an open adoption will give you peace of mind.
When you meet the family who adopts your baby, you will no doubt feel more confident and comfortable in your decision. You will have peace of mind knowing your baby will grow up in a loving, happy household surrounded by caring people. You also don’t have to wonder what your child’s life is like as s/he grows up. You can keep up with the family and learn how s/he is doing.
In addition, it may also give your baby peace of mind growing up. Many adopted children wonder why they were placed for adoption. They also may wonder what their biological parents were like. In an open adoption, however, your child will never have to wonder those things.
Talk to a Professional
These are a few benefits of open adoption. Keep in mind that there is so much more to learn before starting the process. For this reason, it is smart to have an industry ally by your side.
Texas Adoption Center is a nonprofit adoption center in Texas. They know that this decision is emotional and can even be challenging. So they want to provide you with the emotional and practical assistance you need so that you feel empowered to make whatever decision you choose.
In the end, they are dedicated to your happiness and well-being and they want you to feel confident in your future. While this time can be emotional and even challenging at times, it can also be beautiful and full of hope.
To learn more about how Texas Adoption Center can help you, fill out a contact form or give them a call at (512) 893-7943.