When it comes to considering whether adoption might be the right choice for your baby or toddler, you have a lot of control in the adoption process. One of the topics we discuss with expectant parents or new moms are the differences between the three types of adoptions. Should adoption be the path you ultimately choose, our counselors can work with you to help you decide which type of adoption is right for you and your baby.
Open adoption is defined as when the birth mother and adoptive family stay in contact with one another through letters, phone calls, and visits. Birth mothers who choose Open Adoption are interested in keeping up and maintaining a relationship with their child and his/her adoptive family. The mode and frequency of contact is something birth mothers will discuss with their counselor and chosen family ahead of time. Choosing an Open Adoption could be the right path for you. An Open Arms counselor will be happy to help you with this decision, with no pressure from us.
In a Semi-Open Adoption, the birth mother chooses to stay connected to the adoptive family and baby but with the extra help and guidance of Open Arms. There is no direct contact between birth parents and the family. Birth mothers who choose Semi-Open Adoption might want to maintain their privacy while having the peace of mind that comes from staying connected, through photos, letters and/or visits but with the mediation help of Open Arms.
A Closed or Confidential Adoption offers complete privacy and confidentiality to the birth family. Expectant parents or new moms who choose a Confidential/Closed Adoption may feel that updates and contact might be too emotionally challenging at the moment. Even with a Confidential/ Closed Adoption, there is flexibility as if a birth mother decides she wants to connect with the adoptive family at any time in the future, Open Arms Adoption will happily help you through that process.
We know you have many questions about Adoption. Open Arms is here to talk with you by phone, text or email and we are happy to meet you at a location of your choice to talk about the adoption process and to answer all of your questions. Talk to an adoption counselor today. You will never feel any pressure from us along the way. We can help you on the next steps to learn more about the adoption process.