If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is an option you might not have considered before. Like abortion or parenting, adoption is not an easy choice to make. However, depending on your current life situation, it could be the best decision for you and your child.
We want to give you as much information about the modern adoption process and how it might be the right decision.
Types of Adoption
There are three main types of adoption. Each one designed to give you the level of contact you would like to have with your child and the family in the future.
Open adoption means you and the adoptive family share identifying information such as full names, phone numbers, and addresses. You can have access to one another through face-to-face meetings, phone calls and texts, and letters.
Together, you decide what is comfortable for you, the child, and their family. You will have the opportunity to be a part of the child’s life in whatever capacity is best for both parties.
Some women who choose adoption prefer to have no communication with the adoptive family or child. To move on with their lives, they feel this is the best choice.
Your identity remains completely anonymous in a closed adoption. You will still choose the adoptive family, but you’ll have no interaction with them before or after the birth. There is complete privacy.
A semi-open adoption means the communication you do have will be through a third-party adoption professional. You choose how much information and contact you would like to share and receive. Usually, the adoptive family and birth family share first names only.
The terms can be negotiated and set by you and the adoptive family. This option allows you to have a carefully defined relationship with your child without the ongoing connection of open adoption.
There is a lot to consider when choosing adoption. However, our client advocates are available to share the adoption process with you and give you referrals to agencies. Once again, we want you to have as much information as possible to make the best choice. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about this option.