How Does Open Adoption Work?

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If you’ve just started to think about adoption for your baby or child, you’ve probably heard of the term “open adoption.” You’re probably filled with questions about open adoptions. What does open adoption mean? How does open adoption work?

These are all good questions, and a lot of birth parents, adoptive parents, and others are asking them. In fact, this is one of the questions we here at Lifetime Adoption get most often.

So what is open adoption? Simply put, it’s an adoption process in which both the birth mother or birth parents and the adoptive family meet before, during, and after the adoption.

Compare this to the traditional — and no longer frequent — closed adoption process. With closed adoptions, no contact takes place between birth parents and adoptive parents at any point. There is no ongoing relationship with the adoptive family and birth parents or any family member.

Open Adoptions

Let’s dig a little deeper into the topic of open adoptions.

Open adoptions are a relatively recent process. So recent in fact, that not a lot of people are aware that it’s even a possibility. In fact, in this modern era, many people are unfamiliar with the concept of adoption at all; some people are surprised to hear that it’s “still a thing”!

Thus, it’s no surprise that people are unsure or uncertain about open adoptions. However, once they begin to learn about the process of open adoption, things begin to make sense very quickly.

For example, a big part of the open adoption is that the birth mother chooses the adoptive parents for her baby. There is an exchange of personal information, discussions about adoption plans, and how best to raise the child.

As a domestic adoptions agency, Lifetime plays a big role in the open and semi-open adoption process. (Semi-open adoption simply means that there are some limits placed on contact between birth parents and adoptive families.)

Our adoption work includes bringing the birth mother and prospective adoptive parent or parents together. Lifetime is staffed by experienced and caring adoption professionals. They coordinate the entire adoption process between the adopting family, the birth parents, even the attorneys, hospital social workers, counselors, and more.

Lifetime has a wide variety of hopeful adoptive parents living all over the United States. You can pick the parents for your baby or child based on things that are important to you.. Maybe you’re looking for a couple who live in a certain state. Or, maybe you’re hoping your child will be raised in a similar faith as yours.

Whatever type of information you need to make your decision, Lifetime will help — regardless of the type of adoption plan you choose.

You are in charge. The decision is yours. This is your adoption story. No pressure. No guilt-trips. And no judgment. Just what’s best for you and your child.

Open adoption also means that you can get updates on your child as they grow up. Lots of birth mothers choose to get updates through phone calls, email, social media, and letters. Others meet with the adoptive family and their adopted children for a visit each year.

You have the right to decide how much future contact you’d like. Lifetime will help you find a couple who’s open to that amount of communication, too.

Benefits of Open Adoption

Right now, you might be wondering, “So, what’s so great about open adoption?” One of the biggest benefits of open adoption for you is that you can remain a part of your child’s life.

Open adoption doesn’t mean that you’re saying goodbye forever. It can be a respectful agreement between you and the adoptive parents. You have the chance to be involved in your child’s life with whatever amount you’re comfortable with.

It also gives you the opportunity to build a relationship with your child’s adoptive parents — one based on mutual love and caring for your child.

Those are the basics of how open adoption works. Please call or text Lifetime to learn more and find out more about how we can help you. 

Learn more about why open adoption is so great at this link: Benefits of Adoption.

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