Open Adoption Definition

woman and child on video callIf you are looking for the open adoption definition, please know that it means many things to many people. However the easiest way to understand it is that it means that the birth parents and adoptive family maintain an open relationship for the good of everyone involved.

Therefore, the degree of contact between the families is something to be agreed upon before the adoption is final. Lifetime Adoption has over 35 years of experience supporting open adoptions. Because it is widely believed that such openness, in most adoptions, is in the best interest of all members of the adoption triad (the birth parents, adoptive families, and children). Additionally, it has proven to result in safer adoptions with fewer reclaims.

Why Do Birth Parents Choose Open Adoption?

Normally, birth parents who choose open adoption are looking for reassurance that their child is growing up safe and happy. Usually, birth parents seek contact through periodic letters, emails, photos, or possibly phone calls, from the adoptive family.

However, there are some birth families who do not want any further contact after the adoption until the child is 18 years old. And in an open adoption, the choice is as much the birth parents’ as it is yours. So your openness will also be taken into consideration during the matching process. Therefore, we ask our parties to honor their commitment, once made.

What Does it Mean For the Adoptive Parents

If you are the adoptive parents, open adoption can mean everything from just speaking over the phone with a birth mother to ongoing letters, photos, phone calls, or visits after the adoption. Additionally, it’s very helpful to have the opportunity to know your child’s medical history. For example, it is vital to know of any medical problems that may arise as the child grows into adulthood. In addition, should a rare situation arise that your child needs something from a biological relative, you would be able to find one easily.

To learn more information about the open adoption definition, please call us at at 1-727-490-0933 or use the TEXT US button below to speak to one of our caring coordinators.

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When beginning the process of even thinking of adoption, my husband and I were not sure where to start. However, being a Christian household, when we came across Lifetime Adoption Agency, we were definitely interested in learning more. Then from the first phone call, we were “sold” on wanting to work with such an amazing team. I say team because everyone involved in helping us throughout our journey along the way played such a special role. Along with your assigned coordinator, you have a group of dedicated people helping you, encouraging you, checking in with you, and motivating you to get things done. Additionally, when we had questions, they were answered. While waiting, we had concerns and they were addressed. This is an awesome agency that not only takes care of the adoptive parents, but the birth mothers as well. A major part of that is their take on open adoption: which was something that we were educated on by Lifetime. Our wait time went from about a year and a half to a phone call asking us to get on the road ASAP to meet our little one who was about to be born. With a somewhat last minute situation, Lifetime stayed in contact with us the entire time (throughout the night into the next day!). Lifetime goes above and beyond… we are so grateful for our forever family. Thank you, Christie and the Lifetime Team!”



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