One of the things that you have to think about when you are planning on adopting a child is the type of adoption you want to have. There are two primary forms – the open and the closed. In the past, the vast majority of adoptions were closed so that the birth family and adoptive family didn’t know each other. When the child reached adulthood, they could look for their birth family. This presents some challenges, especially if since the adoptive family had very limited information about the birth family.
Now, open adoptions are far more common. But this doesn’t mean that they are right in all situations. An open adoption means that the birth family and adoptive family exchange information. In some cases, they have an ongoing relationship. The extent to which this happens depends on how comfortable both sides are with the situation.
We know that you might have some questions about both types. We can answer those. One thing to remember is that you do have the option of changing things about the contact with the birth parents if there is a need to. This might be necessary if the birth family is saying or doing things that might confuse or harm the child.
An adoption is a wonderful way to grow your family, but you should make sure that you are comfortable with the terms. Because there are many ways that these cases can be handled, you do have plenty of options to choose from. We can help you review them so that you know what responsibilities and rights you have in each.