With an OPEN ADOPTION, birth parents have the opportunity to select the family who will parent their child. The adoptive parents and birth parents may speak, meet, and get to know each other before the birth, and then communicate afterwards, as well. As the birth mother progresses in her pregnancy, she can send ultrasound photos and share additional photos, if desired.
There is a trust on both sides of adoption, and typically all parties feel as though this is a special journey, creating a relationship that is best for the child in the long term.
Communication after adoption can take many forms. These can include communication via a website, (such as a social networking site or a private web site), text messaging, email, phone calls, and even old fashioned letters and pictures sent in the mail. Visits after adoption may occur, but are usually casual in nature and do not involve leaving the child alone with the birth family. They involve the birth mother (or birth family) getting together with the adoptive parents and the child for lunch, a visit at a park, or perhaps even a day at a county fair, for example. Open adoption is not coparenting, but can be seen as more people to love your child.
Lifetime's Founder and CEO Mardie Caldwell shares, "With an open adoption...there is a trust on both sides of adoption, and typically all parties feel as though this is a special journey, creating a relationship that is best for the child in the long term."
You can learn more about open adoption today by hearing adoptive familys' adoption stories: