Open Adoption Facts
The decision to pursue Christian open adoption is a life-changing one. You have undoubtedly done a significant amount of research to get this far. Others in your life might not have the information they need to help support you through the process. They may even have misinformation that causes them to pause.
Providing the people in your life with as many facts as possible about Christian adoption will help them, and you, to have a positive adoption experience.
Fact: Open adoptions are highly successful.
Too many people believe that adoptions are easily overturned. This is almost never the case, particularly with open adoptions. An open adoption allows the birth mother to communicate with you and your spouse. She will get to know you, which helps her to be secure in her decision. It is extremely rare for an open adoption to be unsuccessful.
Fact: Birth mothers rarely try to reverse open adoptions.
The laws governing adoptions vary from state to state. The length of time a birth mother has to change her mind varies from about two days after the birth of the child to about eight. The time is even shorter with an older child. In most instances, the decision cannot be changed once the parental rights have been terminated.
Fact: Closed adoptions have lower success rates than open ones.
A biological mom who does not know the adoptive parents may repeatedly question her choice. She might have anxiety and nightmares from not knowing who is raising the baby. There is a much higher rate of birth moms deciding to raise the child themselves when they have not been involved in the parent selection.
Fact: Children in Christian open adoptions are psychologically healthier than those in closed adoptions.
A child who is allowed to learn about or even meet the birth mom does not have to wonder and worry about the nature of the adoption. Children who have questions answered in open and honest ways are much happier and mentally healthier than those who are made to wonder.
Fact: Contact agreements are decided upon before the adoption is completed.
A contact agreement lets adoptive parents know exactly what to expect after the child is born. Birth parents and adoptive parents choose how the child will interact with the birth mother. These agreements include the frequency of visits, lengths of visits and where they will take place. They can even include the names of those individuals who will be permitted to interact with the child.
Fact: Open adoptions are less expensive than you might think.
No two adoptions have the exact same cost. The amount spent depends on lawyer fees, agencies and whether or not the adoptive parents provide medical and/or lifestyle assistance to the birth mom. Agencies work with Christian parents to insure they know the cost before the adoption. In most instances, the cost of adoption is about the same as the average price of a new car.
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