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 visiting FreeAdoptionBook.com.
Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).
Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.
“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!
Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.
I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.
It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”