Birth Parents Blog

Closed, Semi-Open, or Open Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 25, 2015

If you're exploring the pregnancy choice of adoption, you've probably heard the terms "closed adoption," "semi-open adoption", and "open adoption" used. But what do they all mean?

Here's a quick explanation of them...

In a closed adoption, you let your adoption professional choose the adoptive family for you. After the adoption, you will have no contact with the family or with the child.

In semi-open adoption, only your first names are shared with the adoptive parents. You may have some say in the selection of adoptive parents, followed by little or no contact with the child or family.

In an open adoption, you may choose your child’s family. You may also stay in touch. Some women want letters and photos, and others want occasional visits and phone calls.

You may be wondering, "how will my child benefit in an open adoption?"

Your baby benefits from open adoption in the following ways:

  • Your child will come to know that you loved him enough to want the very best for him.
  • Your child will know why you chose adoption for him.
  • Your child will have the opportunity to receive information about his biological family.
  • Your child will have the chance to know his genealogy and medical information.
  • Your child will have the opportunity for ongoing communication with his birth parents.

This info was taken from Lifetime Adoption's book, So I Was Thinking About Adoption. Get yourself a copy for FREE by clicking on the image below:

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