WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OPEN AND CLOSED ADOPTION?
In an open adoption, the plan is for the birth family to continue to be a part of the adopted child’s life. There will be direct contact between you and the adoptive parents before and after the birth of the child. You might speak on the phone, through text or email, or in person. After the birth, the relationship continues with pictures, letters, emails, phone calls, texts, and possibly visits. You will get updates on how the child is doing. The type and frequency of communication is something decided on by you and the adoptive family.
In a closed adoption, you and the adoptive parents do not have any communication either before or after the birth of the child. You may select the adoptive parents yourself or have us choose for you based on your wishes. There is no direct communication between you and the adoptive parents either before or after birth, and no pictures or letters following the birth.
Another option is a semi-open or semi-closed adoption. In the case of semi-open, there is limited contact both before and after birth. You might communicate through your attorney and speak to each other before the birth. After the birth there is limited communication through pictures, letters, and emails. In the case of the semi-closed adoption, there is limited contact between you and the adoptive parents before birth and no contact after birth. While open adoptions are by far the most common type of adoption these days, it is your decision as the birthmother as to what kind of adoption you want.